dready breadfruit …

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dready art ‘breadfruit still life’ – 18×24 inch – image

two things happened … well three really (and maybe even 4) … first I love breadfruit, if I could eat breadfruit and fried plantain every day I would be a happy man!

then I was talking to a designer, about a project, who asked if I had any food images – I have some food dreadys, but none actually ‘of food’ – and ya know I had been planning a breadfruit one in my head but hadn’t drawn it yet … and so I thought I would draw some …

and as I was looking through some ideas for a mood board on the art, some photos, including one of a dude named ‘basil’, by Brie Williams, leapt out at me and an idea started to coalesce into what was to become this ‘breadfruit on a mantel piece like a family treasure’ – my mother loves breadfruit so much she always calls it by its nickname ‘breshy’ …

truth is it, the breadfruit, started out in the dready sitting on an open shelf in a kitchen, but the photograph of ‘basil’ made his way into it, I couldn’t live without him in it, felt he fit the vibe, and Brie had given me permission to use him …

and then as basil made his way in, I found that didn’t like the way the glasses and bottles and cups I was drawing on to the shelf, were distracting from the breadfruit … and then the little vase with flowers crept in …

and so the art really moved, by itself, in a direction I didn’t realize it had gone until David said ‘it’s like a mantel piece, like the breadfruit’s a family heirloom on display’ … so although I didn’t think of that I’ll take it as my own …

Wray then shared a pretty cool history of breadfruit in Jamaica with me; of how the first trees to come to the west inides were planted at Bath Botanical Gardens and where the first suckers ended up and where they are now … like the greater history of our food and how we identify with it, how we nationalise it and how it exemplifies what we think we are and yet are actually not really.

food … for thought …

history …

dready at the rugby club

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image of vanassio in front of the dready mural by caroline deegan

the cayman rugby club is a place i enjoy, i’ve been playing there for about 23 years, I belong to a team called the pigs, one of 4 at the club …

and because it has given me so much fun in those years it felt good good good to get a chance to give back some love …

The club was, is, going through upgrades to the south sound facility and part of the facelifts were a dready mural along the front of the club and dready signage for parking, no smoking, and no boots in the clubhouse (I almost never pay attention to this last one!!!)

“the rugby family in Cayman is very often generational with many former players coaching their kids, mums attending regularly and supporting them as they progress through the age groups” (CRFU notice)

and it’s cool to be part of that to put something on the walls that make everybody a little bit happier.

love …

dready – bobby sox

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dready art ‘bobby sox’ – 14×22 – image

I have been trying to work on a series of art featuring this character in various scenarios working with the ‘ideas’ taken from an old 1958 photo shoot in Jamaica, and exploring “what might a modern young woman of strength, look like, using the vibes of those older moments and modernising them, finding a good ‘stance’ for her etc …”

so playing with things … and in this case the girl in the white man’s work shirt; think Bond women at breakfast circa 1962 …

and it works well because in the modern space we have adverts for the ‘boyfriend shirt’ and we have fashion items like the ‘Bailey and Budd’ Frank shirt; this idea of a ‘men’s work shirt’ for women’s casual wear …

in earlier versions of the character she’s holding a beer, because of a conscious choice about the moment she was inhabiting, but in this one I put a mobile phone to her hand, because I’m thinking of her up in the morning checking her emails, messages and social streams and as another iteration of the modernization of her

ideas, man …

dready – art in collage

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interiors design – dreadys in collage

In the last few months have had the good fortune of working with designers and art consultants in cayman, atlanta, los angeles and vail, colorado …

this is one of those collaborations – collaboration’s really the wrong word as I only provided the art and the designer provided the styling, so really should say that this is one of the projects that dready was used for. The nice thing about this is that they, the interior designer, takes your work and they make it shine in a way that you, or I at least, never could on my own … making it better through ‘collaboration’ …

a sharing of the love …

togetherness …

Dready – Catamaran

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dready art ‘the creek and chekmate’ – dyptich 36×14 each – original commission on canvas

the scope of a sailboat makes it hard to fit comfortably in a piece of art and still get detail unless it’s big big big … the sail’s too tall, the boats are often long(!), and so decided to do this commission in 2 parts …

I don’t sail often but I got the opportunity to join in on the cruiser racing a few weeks ago, sailing on a catamaran … how comfy was that! -when I say I got the opportunity to join in that really means that I sat around and watched the sailors sail – I’ve joined in before on mono-hull boats that lean over one way or the other when you sail, where shade is at an impossible premium, where things are always poking into you or making you uncomfortable, where you can t put out the snacks for fear they’ll spill … this, this was not that!

comfort, shade and a nice sea breeze …

bless …

Dready – Avalon

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Dready Art ‘when the samba takes me’ – 40×34 inch – original commission on canvas

the morgan motor company has been making 3 wheel cars since 1909, cars that are essentially a motorcycle with carriage works … but they also make 4 wheeled cars as well, and have been since 1936 on the same design and same chassis, making it the longest running automobile design. And people love them.

i was asked by a couple who live between the states and cayman to draw their morgan into a cayman setting and because they live at the Avalon when here, the art takes its name from the Roxy Music song …

much communication in motion …

vroom!

dready yellowfin tuna … eyes on

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dready art ‘eyes on’ – 15×6 inches – corporate digital image

I don’t really ‘fish’ – what I mean is I go fishing, but on a rare occasion: I might go in a river, on a lake, out at sea, and I know how to fish, I know about fishing, but I don’t ‘fish’ – and so there isn’t really a pantheon of dready fish …

But, I have drawn a few and I think they’re pretty cool – starting with the dready ‘Lionfish’ … which stood alone for a long long time.

Then someone was buying the lionfish and wanted something else to fit the wall, “do you have any other fish?” … and I like the shape of Jack’s of Permit (they’re cooler than bone fish) and so I drew a Jack and I liked the Jack alot – and I drew it in the same vague style as the lionfish …

And then someone asked me to do this yellowfin tuna for a company ‘logo’ website banner and so now we had 3 …

a few things about dready; the whimsy, the surprises, the red yellow and green … what do you do when you can’t surprise somebody with a underwater goat in a fish scene!

but if you look carefully, hidden in the distance, is a shadow …

and then, I like the saying, ‘fish or cut bait’ …

life …

dready … yaaaah!

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dready art ‘the yaahs of scotland’ – 36×13 inches – image

i was in the middle of doing one of those aforementioned (such a large word at a time like this!) christmas cards for someone, and it included santa in a range rover towing his new ‘sleigh’ a refurbished porsche 928 …

and, at the very same time as I was doing that, we were in scotland visiting my university yardie yute, who was teaching me about british cultural references, and and and there were highland cooos …

and so … one thing led to the next and we got ‘the yaaahs of scotland’ … and of course the range rover’s a classic!

classic …

dready … into each life a little christmas must fall

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dready art – kai and eve’s christmas – image

every year I do some christmas cards based on work that I’ve done in the year and share them, for free, with others … all you have to do is ask and borrow …

and for a very few people a custom card for them to send to others …

’cause why, ’cause santa has a list and he’s checking it twice, he wants to know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice!

nice-ness …

dready … on the beach

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dready art, ‘Portrait of Dave on the beach with humans’ – 44×15 – original on canvas

just off the coast of south sound, across from the very cooly named ‘pull and be damned’ point, is the little islet of Sand Cay … it’s a little sand and coral rock formation at the head of the reef built up between the run of currents.

every generation of yutes growing up in south sound has set out to claim it for their own; they want to cross the 150 yards of water to get to it and they explore it, they build on it, they imagine that no other yute every braved the running current to go there …

there’s always signs of the previous occupations; shelters, old camp fires, tools, paths, plants, the detritus of adventure, but the new arrivals ignore the evidence of ‘civilisations’ past and claim that they were the first to erect and protect.

They, the first to dream of fifedoms where no adult would, nay, could tread; because lord know, no adult could cross the currents, no man, they not like we, you know, they not brave and cool and adventurous, they ain’t never been here.

so, as proof of life, here’s a dready of adults on my version of sand cay …

the title of the art is named after Dave the ‘lion’ lizard, curly tailed lizard, that the family wanted in their art … you can see him front and centre, although truth be told Dave’s never been to Sand Cay as far as I know, but who knows what Dave did in his callow youth … for all we know, Dave could have crossed the currents on a raft of drift wood and wandered the secret paths of his found domain where never another lion lizard had tread! Iron like a Lion in Zion

lion …

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