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                       dready art ‘deck house life’ – 72×24 – original commission on canvas

this group of houses were inspired by the ‘cottages’ and boat houses north of toronto, because the original developer was canadian … people go to the lakes, north of the city, pretty much every weekend, sun, rain or snow, or all of the above, to; muskoka, huntsville, lakefield, barrie, parry sound, tiny beaches …

they call it ‘cottage country’

I’ve heard someone call their 14,000 sq foot house by the lake the ‘cottage’ …

some areas have big cottages, some small, some are carefully planned … Georgian Bay for example is closely guarded from mega mansions, planning allows only one ‘kitchen’ and house/cabin/cottage sizes are limited as are toilets and other structures …

it’s pretty lovely, it’s not british columbia dramatic lovely, but it is ontario lovely; gently rolling landscapes, farmsteads and lotsa lotsa lakes.

i was a small boy when I first went to ‘cottage country’; a business associate of my grandfather’s, a man to whom he sold pimento/allspice I think, had invited us to canada and to his cottage, and we went – in my memory it was called ‘loon lake’, which exists, but I wouldn’t swear that was true – the water was cold, colder than this little jamaican yute had ever experienced – I watched a loon dive in chasing fish …

and four months later, now, i come back to add something, because an old friend of the family sent a pic of us: her, her brother, my sister and me sitting in some seriously mid century modern room, and my sister said that that was us all visiting toronto on our way to the cottage on the ‘loon lake’ … i had no recollection of that moment in the photo, god knows I should have remembered the lamp … and the Fernand Leger painting behind us on the wall …

canada … 

eh …

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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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