Friday, February 10, 2017

Arts: Hogarth brings painting, illustration and poetry together in "Dewdrop"

DEWDROP brings together poems, paintings and drawings composed over the last sixteen years on several continents. The work focuses the creator s eye both on that inner-landscape of the imagination as well as on the outer, corporeal world.

Courtney A. Hogarth holds a Ph.D. in Classical Chinese Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His studio work researched the Language of Classical Chinese Painting, while his thesis examined questions of identity in the Jamaican context.

He went to China out of a profound interest in Classical Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Chinese Philosophy and Culture. He creates, utilizing visual imagery and the written word out of the desire to interpret and share what he feels as an individual.

His paintings have been exhibited at the China National Museum, National Gallery of Jamaica, Central Academy o    f Fine Arts, Grosvenor Galleries and Revolution Galleries. He was specifically invited to show in the inaugural exhibition of the Sunshine Museum, Beijing, and at the China National Exhibition Centre during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In celebration of 35 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and China, Hogarth curated and showed in Journeys, in 2007. In 2006 he created an exhibition titled Cocoon at the newly established Jamaican Embassy in Beijing. It was in 2004 that he curated his first solo show in Jamaica. Titled SPIRIT OF THE BRUSH – Courtney Hogarth Looks at China it presented Jamaicans with ink paintings inspired by life in China.

Hogarth writes poetry and prose dealing with the human condition, celebrating life, and questioning our journey as a nomadic race in the quest to find love and belonging.

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