I am a Jamaican contemporary artist based in Sydney, Australia. I studied at Camberwell College of Art in London graduating in 2004 with a BA (hons) in Painting. Inspired by pop art I use humour and cultural references to language and imagery to create quietly subversive work. I have exhibited internationally and have been the recipient of a number of awards and honours. My work has been published in magazines and journals around the world and my work is included in public and private collections in the UK, North America, Europe and Asia.
Taking my inspiration from urban environments, I look for subjects that tell a story about the time or place in which I live. I work mainly from drawings and images I take of impermanent situations that I come across on a daily basis. My subjects are chosen initially for their humour and visual impact. But, underneath the surface is a reflection on society. Of particular interest to me in this series is the relationship between affluence and waste.
The discarded or found objects I choose to focus on have the ability to appear both humorous and vulnerable when taken out of their normal environments and ejected into the outside world. They work as a rough survey of modern tastes and trends, representing the impact of mass consumption; they also work as a metaphor for homelessness and remind us of our impact on the world.
To produce my work I employ a number of different techniques and approaches including line drawing, stenciling and painting. The choice of technique is dictated by the way in which my subject communicates with me. I enjoy using bright acidic colours and strong visual lines as a tool to create a sense of installation and drama on the canvas. I am also influenced by the visual language of advertising and surface design, which comes through in my visual aesthetic and use of pattern.
The products of my work are vibrant, graphically influenced images of discarded objects and passed over situations. It is intended that these images appeal on both a visual and intellectual level inspiring the viewer to experience the world in a different way.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 White Noise, ESD Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
2008 Patterns of Consumption, South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford College, UK
2008 Patterns, Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh, Northern Ireland
2006 Recent Work, Freud, Covent Garden, London, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
I Remember..a poet and artists exhibition, Artfest 2010, Birmingham
Patrick's Harvist Art Fair, Patrick's Harvist, London, UK
Selectors' Choice, House Festival, The Regency Town House, Brighton, UK
Brighton Fringe Festival, Claremont Hotel, Brighton, UK
Doorway to Dignity Art Trail, Bath Town Centre, Bath, UK
Danger, Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London, UK
It's Not Funny, MAP Gallery, Leeds, UK
Tate the Biscuit, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK
Watch This Space Young and Emerging Artists Charity Auction, Special Yoga Centre, London, UK
Subversive Correspondence, BAR Gallery, London, UK
Robin Clare & Human Powered Machines, The Bigger Picture - Festival of Interdependance, Oxo Tower, London, UK
DIY London Seen, Covent Garden, London, UK
Robin Clare & Steve Price, The HUB-Kingscross, London, UK
Affluenza, St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, UK
B.E.A.T.M.P. film fest, Gallery Rotor, Göteborg, UK