The following is a list of artists who contributed to the 2018 Emancipation Art Exhibition:
(in alphabetical order)
Nicole Alexander is a self-taught visual artist currently residing in Ontario, Canada. Nicole’s paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour reflect a unique Afro-Caribbean vibe. Having spent her childhood and youth in the two island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicole’s inspiration for her paintings stems from her love of Caribbean dance, poetry, calypso music and most importantly from the beauty of her culture and heritage. Like one of her favourite mentor artists, Elizabeth Catlett, who endured and fought through racial barriers to make a name for herself, Nicole stands by Catlett’s message of creating art for all people to enjoy.
A practicing artist for over 30 years. Produced and sold over 8,000 works of art, that can now be found in both Private and Corporate Collections, Museums, Universities, Hospitals, Libraries and City Halls through out the world. Produced, curated and exhibited in over 300 solo and group exhibits, in the USA and Canada
Art Director of the Association of African-Canadian Artists, the largest Canadian, Art Organization dedicated to the support, development and sharing of original works of art, produced by artists of African-Canadian heritage.
Through expressions on the subjects’ faces, my brushstrokes, and harmonious and rhythmic forms, viewers should feel comfortable to feel what they want to feel, and moreover express said emotions. Using acrylic on wood, I capture modern social concepts within a series of definitive faces. As an artist I strive to encapsulate my definition of freedom while allowing others to see themselves and their struggles within my work in a way that no speech or piece of literature would be able to capture. Although still young, I have gradually defined freedom in its strongest form as freedom of mind. A world in which one is able to have opinion and thought is one with true freedom. One can be physically free of restraint but I feel strongly that once freedom in a person's own mind is achieved , and they acknowledge every one of their truths, legitimate growth can occur. Whether it be acknowledging strength in religion, weakness in jealousy, or self-identity as a whole, this growth is demonstrated in my work at its various stages.
‘’The journey to freedom is paved by the substance of our character’’ - Erwin McManus
Macaulay T. Eteli
Macaulay Eteli is a self-taught artist whose love for art was shaped by childhood games in his native country Nigeria. He started drawing on dirt, wooden slates, craft paperbags and any surface that was at his disposal. While growing up in Nembe, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Macaulay also explored the use of clay dug up from the shoreline of the river in front of his residence. With the clay he fashioned ornaments and miniature sculptures.
Captivating yet never overpowering, this is the aura that Eteli's latest body of work conveys. His relaxed style beckons viewers to -- come closer and listen to a story. As you look his creation comes alive. His subtle style allows him to flow from traditional images to sceneries to abstracts. This ability shows depth and maturity in Eteli's exhibitions.
Georgia Fullerton is a professional visual artist, expressive arts therapist, and public speaker. She’s the founder of the Fullerton Fine Art Collection showcasing her original paintings and promotional products. Georgia is the creator of JustGeorgia®– Expressive Arts to Heal the Heart -- a business offering therapeutic arts-based workshops. A popular guest on local TV networks, Georgia is frequently asked to speak about her work, and her artistic process. Her dynamic abstract art explores the relationship between the real and imagined, and reveals her emotions, memories of her girlhood and Jamaican roots. Her paintings and prints are in private and public collections around the world.
Ian Grant has a collection of naturalistic photographs taken in some of the world’s most spectacular locales. Grenadian-Born, he has lived in Toronto for many years and from this vantage point he had the privilege of travelling to, and capturing images in Brazil, Italy, Aruba, Yugoslavia, Azores, Grenada, Honolulu, just to name a few.
As a self taught photographer, he enjoys liberating these unbelievably picturesque scenes, the colours, the moments, and the angles that are only in the cool heat of his imagination.
Much of Grant’s audience so far, have found that his warm, relaxed outdoor scenes and his distant lazy horizons, reminds them of the paradise in their secretly sculpted dreams.
Some of his works were entered into International photo competitions, of which one, “Beach Blaster” won 2nd. Prize in the International Caribbean Beat Photo Competition 2000. He has also showcased his works at many Galleries, Special Exhibits, Art Auctions and the Grenada Consulate in Toronto. This collection of photographs represents a small portion of beautiful images that he has composed over the years.
Trinidadian born Wayne Headley is a self-taught artist who has been honing his craft for over three decades. Wayne's growth and development continues as he experiments with a wide range of materials and styles.
Wayne draws his inspiration from many sources particularly from the vibrant mix of peoples and cultures that surround him. He is also inspired by his deep love and respect for the ultimate works of our awe inspiring Creator.
Wayne's awards have been used by many prestigious organizations. Following in the footsteps of his Jamaican grandfather, The Honorable Alvin T. Marriott, Wayne is driven to highest level of creativity and artistic expression.
Sheryl Keen has been a creative since she could first hold pencil and paper. She is interested in bringing contemplative and interpretive works to the viewers’ experience.
Her work is mainly done in acrylics mixed media. These works have been shown in both solo and group exhibitions. Some of the places that she has shown her work include CIBC Black History Month Events, several of Toronto Public Libraries, private showings, Areej Gallery, and the Feminist Arts Conference at OCAD. Her last solo exhibition in 2018 took place at Station Gallery.
Sheryl Keen's themes include exploring the internal struggles that take place within a person that leads to outward change. She also looks at faces and masks and how we wear each as a survival mechanism.
Lisa & Rachel Meecham
Lisa Meecham is a practicing artist with the Art Gallery of Burlington where she shares her passion for the art of Traditional Wool Rug Hooking through guild participation and community outreach. Rug hooking is a relaxing, yet productive activity that promotes tactile mobility and mindfulness, balanced with positive and engaging social interaction. Lisa draws from Canadian historical and cultural narratives to connect those new and seasoned to the craft. Her other mediums include woodworking and up-cycling reclaimed materials.
Rachel Meecham is a designer, artist, and undergraduate Commerce student at Dalhousie University. Her practicing mediums include ceramics, iPad sketching, and contemporary sticker design. An advocate for legal rights, she appreciates clean aesthetics that make clear statements.
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