dready – not just a pretty face

dready art – webster line boats: rosalie belleveau, eros and vagabondia – 28×10 – HD acrylic archival pigments and hand drawn digital art on canvas – on the wall in the national gallery.

these 3 dreadys are part of a Maritime Heritage group show running right now at the National Gallery of Cayman Islands …

they were actually originally ‘commissioned’ (actually I think requested is a better word) by the National Gallery for a Maritime Heritage show in 2017 … I was having a discussion with the director when she said nobody has submitted anything about cayman place in the maritime trade to the world and the lifeline that ships gave to what were then very isolated islands.

and I had just been chatting with a friend whose family, the websters, had had one of the great caribbean shipping lines around the turn of the last century and he’d been building an online history of the family’s shipping business.

I chose 3 webster line boats corresponding to the early, middle and final years of the company …

after the show I turned the art into a print series with copies travelling the world – best moment was when a now retired gentleman emailed me from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to say his father had sailed on the Eros and had so many great stories … I sent him a copy to remind him of his father.

these three belong to the Westin family of grand cayman.

There are actually 4 dreadys in the permanent/national collection of cayman islands (these 3 are not, they are on loan) and dready is considered to be art of ‘national cultural significance’ … not just a pretty face, eh.

Boss and …

cool …

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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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