BULLS EYE

stylish moves

Dancing words

Jamaica Project

Super Villains

White Noise

Patterns

Found

Badda, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Inspired by stories told to me by my grandparents and parents about childhoods spent eagerly anticipating the arrival of the latest comic book imports from the US, I have encorporated the theme into my recent paintings. American culture has always influenced the island of Jamaica, just as in turn Jamaican culture has managed to influence American culture through fashion, dance styles and music influences. These recent paintings explore this cultural clash through large scale romaticised cinema poster like images taking inspiration from vintage comic book imagery and dancehall culture.

The work references a short run comic from the 1950's titled Bulls Eye by comic artist team Simon and Kirby, the comic followed the adventures of a western sharp shooter who also went by the name Bulls Eye. My choice to focus on the western theme was mainly led by early dub and ska music titles which often reference western movies and characters. Inspiration also came from one of my favorite movies, Jamaican cult classic 'The Harder They Come', which tells the harrowing story of folk hero and gun-slinging outlaw Ivanhoe Rhyging Martin.

Bang Bang, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

The Youth, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Tropical Thunder, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Dancehall Duel, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Bashment Uprising, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

   Badda, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm                   Sold

      Bang Bang, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm            Sold

      The Youth, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

  Tropical Thunder, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

   Dancehall Duel, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

  Bashment Uprising, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm
Robin Clare
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