Three styles, three media, three artists at 81C | Island life
Gallery 81C in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, opens on Saturday Night III, a new group exhibition with three artists from the Virgin Islands.
The artists Ieshia George, Jasmine Lindquist and Jenny Hawks present different styles, media and themes and ask the viewer to think about their own personal narratives and interpretations.
“As an artist, I often take inspiration from my thoughts and interactions with others,” says George. “So my ongoing work is a collection of random thoughts. I consciously choose colors and create shapes to capture the essence of these moments. As a viewer, you can expect a wide range of emotions. Pictures make you want to laugh, cry, dance … love. If you visit one of my exhibitions, prepare yourself for the thrill and wonder of my mind. “
George was born in New York City in 1976 to West Indian and Central American parents. She moved to the US Virgin Islands in 1990 to live with her maternal grandmother and aunt.
“I do“ happy art, ”says Lindquist. “In a year marked by tragedy, trauma and recovery, I find that there is nothing more necessary than to bring joy to myself and my community. In 2021, my artistic process has focused more on creating cheerful but thought-provoking illustrations that are still anchored in Caribbean themes. This year I use brightly saturated colors and dream-like compositions in my works to create joy and intrigue. “
Based in the Virgin Islands, Lindquist specializes in acrylic painting and digital illustration.
“In this year of uncertainty, when we were going through a pandemic, some days felt so devoid of light and warmth,” says Hawkes. “My work last year was inspired by bright colors because right now we need something to brighten our lives. My pieces show everyday views and objects that reveal the true beauty of our daily life that we sometimes overlook. “
Hawkes moved from Red River, NM in 2012. to St. Thomas
She has been the managing director of My Brother’s Workshop since 2014 and is guided by her passion for working with young people.
Hawkes began painting again after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
She describes herself as a “colorist” because she consistently uses lighter colors in her work. Her work was heavily influenced by her mother, who has just passed away.