New art exhibition opening in western Jamaica
ST JAMES, Jamaica – An exciting new art exhibition is coming to Montego Bay, St James at the recently opened gallery, ArtBliss Jamaica located at Shop #10, Main Street, Rose Hall.
The exhibition, titled ‘Neighbours by Emotions’, features two of the island’s finest visual artists, Oliver Myrie and Michele Lee Lambert. Both Myrie and Lambert will also have work included in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s upcoming exhibition – ‘The Faces of Us.’
According to gallery curator and manager, Amanda Robinson, “Neighbours by Emotions brings together two abstract artists for whom the narrative of their work focuses on the human story and in particular the emotional textures of it – textures of love, loss, pain, struggle, liberation, healing, solace, and contentment.”
“Neighbours by Emotions capture the fact that our present circumstances, though often complex, painful, chaotic and troubling do not dull our hope for and ability to find inner contentment which, on the contrary, can be achieved in spite of them. It also echoes the universal truth that we are interconnected by our emotional responses to shared and distinct experiences – we all feel and we all need each other.” Amanda said.
Myrie pursued a diploma in fine arts at the Edna Manley College, graduating in 2005. He was also one of two final year students selected to study at the prestigious University of Contemporary Art in Pont-Aven, France in 2004. Oliver almost exclusively works on canvas using oils and / or acrylics. With an intuitive style, his work is composed of several layers and varying textures but using a unique marking technique that mimics the movement of rain drops blowing in the wind – fluid, random and fragile yet, together, significant and powerful.
Lambert completed a year of studies in oil painting and metal art at the University of Miami, Florida in 1992. In 2011, Michele again enrolled in painting classes locally at Sanaa Studios where she studied abstract art and the use of acrylic. Over the years she has discovered her niche as an artist in encaustic painting – the ancient art of painting with molten beeswax, tree resin, pigments, and other natural elements – a technique she acquired through participation in several international workshops. In addition to encaustic painting, Michele also works with oil, cold wax and digital photography.
Neighbours by Emotions opens on Saturday, November 25 at 6:00 pm and will run until December 9.