a Dready family portrait

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                  Dready s ‘The Portrait of 5 Minutes before the Portrait’ – Original on Canvas 28 x 18

once upon a time there was this family portrait i had to do; is an old, well known jamaican family, with a regal matriarch, and an entrenchment in society going back back back in time and i know them from time, my father, my grandfather …

so, i had this idea for a ‘royal’ portrait – but with a twist; it was to be ‘those moments just before a royal portrait’.

what would people be doing? how would they look?

so people are having a drink, there’s a cigarette burning on the mantelpiece, mother hasn’t decided where she’s going to stand or sit, the cat’s under the sofa, dad is lounging in his seat, everybody’s chatting, somebody is pointing out at the camera-man, they’re waiting for instruction … but soon, soon they’ll be posed and poised …

we’ve caught them in a moment.

smile!

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Dready art is a 100% caribbean product: it was imagined here, designed here, tested here – in barbados, bvi, cayman, grenada and jamaica – we live here and are from here, our children were born here, I draw it here (mostly, cause sometimes I draw it when I’m traveling!). So despite what has become the kind of global reach of dready art we try to think of ourselves as a little caribbean company just doing our thing.

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