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International Artist Feature: Jamaica

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Welcome back to our International Artist Series.

Today we're catching up with six incredible artists from Jamaica, a big-hearted island in the Caribbean Sea. I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great responses.

Sanjay Charlton

Sanjay is an illustrator and animator from Kingston, Jamaica. He's got insane Photoshop skills and renders mighty character illustrations.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Lothar - Defender of the Earth

I live on a tropical island where it's summer all year long. A place where the landscape is lush and the beaches are beautiful. I love living in a place where my race has no bearing on how I'm treated as an individual. I love my people and my culture.
Lothar - Defender of the Earth by Sanjay Charlton
Lothar - Defender of the Earth

Hoops

I’m a commercial illustrator so culture influences my work per my clients’ request. Most of my clients are from countries outside my own, so these factors are minimal at best.
Hoops by Sanjay Charlton
Hoops

Shhh, it's Bed Time

Shhh its Bed Time by Sanjay Charlton
Shhh, it's Bed Time

The Kings Advisor

The community is small but has a large voice. Most of the population has to place day-to-day survival as priority, so those of us who can find escape and make a living through art—where creativity may not appear practical, are quite passionate about this endeavor. You’ll find that our canvases are not usually imposing in scale but bold with high contrasts and bright colors. 
With the opportunity for Jamaicans to enter a global community without leaving home through digital art, our passion can now be communicated through illustration, graphic design, animation, and more ways in which we express.
The Kings Advisor by Sanjay Charlton
The Kings Advisor

Abigail Titus

Abigail is an illustrator from Kingston, Jamaica. Wanting to create a world of her own, she paints lovely digital paintings of cosmic Afrocentric portraits.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Pixie

There is no other way to really describe Jamaicans other than an experience. You won't really know until you've witnessed it. We are a very creative and charismatic people and that's one of the main things I really enjoy about living in Jamaica.
Pixie by Abigail Titus
Pixie

Portrait Commission

Jamaican culture can have a strong and lasting effect on the people witnessing it, and to me, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. It brought me to develop the theme of escapism in my work.

Sometimes our realities can get overwhelming, so my work speaks to an otherworldly experience that aims at helping you understand yourself and your place in the universe.
Portrait Commission by Abigail Titus
Portrait Commission

Dipped in Honey

Dipped in Honey by Abigail Titus
Dipped in Honey

Digital Portraits

The art community in Jamaica is small, but more people are embracing the importance of creativity within our culture. It's a very open and family-like environment filled with encouragement, a filter against negative energy and a push for expression.
Digital Portraits by Abigail Titus
Digital Portraits

Kori Thompson

Kori is an illustrator and animator from Kingston, Jamaica. With a collection of cool illustrations, his work pops off the screen with great colors.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Ebony Ears

I was born and raised here so it is, and will forever be home. Whenever I'm away I always miss the air, the smell of the breeze, the food (I'm a big foodie) and the people. We are very colorful!
Ebony Ears by Kori Thompson
Ebony Ears

River Mumma

My work has never reflected typical Jamaican themes. But I've found little elements that have presented themselves in every piece I've done.

I try to use colors that give a tropical feel and whenever I create figures I present them in a strong light. We have been a strong force throughout history and I always try to capture that in my work.
River Mumma by Kori Thompson
River Mumma

Website Illustration

Website Illustration by Kori Thompson
Website Illustration

Forest Guardian

There are more Jamaican creatives sharing their work with the world, and thanks to social media, their reach has been greater. We are able to invite audiences into our little galleries and there is a lot more constructive information on demand. Our skills are sharper, confidence higher, and we step completely out of our comfort zones.
Forest Guardian by Kori Thompson
Forest Guardian

Peta-Ann Smith

Peta-Ann is an illustrator from Kingston, Jamaica. Her style is charmingly cute, with lovable scenes and characters for important causes you'll want to know.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

I love the food the most. Hands down. Our local foods are bursting with flavor; vegetarian, vegan, regular dishes—it doesn't matter. It's all delicious. You can't help but enjoy yourself when you have a good meal.
Jamaica Association for the Deaf by Peta-Ann Smith
Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Being surrounded by vibrant colors and culture shaped, I've wanted to infuse these influences into my work from an early age. Having (borderline overwhelming) access to North American and British media, compared to the minute Jamaican offerings that were available to children in the 1980s-1990s, made me more determined to center my Jamaican-Caribbean background in my personal work.
Jamaica Association for the Deaf by Peta-Ann Smith
Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Jamaica Association for the Deaf by Peta-Ann Smith
Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Young Jamaican artists are bringing their visions into more accessible spaces. Paint Jamaica, for example, groups local artists together to volunteer and paint large scale murals in inner-city communities.

Many of these younger artists also infuse their Jamaican-Caribbean background into their work. They draw attention to aspects of Jamaican culture that are often forgotten, overlooked, and underappreciated. They uplift Jamaica through their art and inspire social change.
Jamaica Association for the Deaf by Peta-Ann Smith
Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Jey Kim

Jey is a graphic designer living in Kingston, Jamaica. Clean and stylish, his work features brilliant flat illustrations of clever concepts and doodles.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Tees and Doodles

As I went abroad, I began to appreciate the friendliness of Jamaicans and how easy it was to get along with them; they were never afraid to say what they were thinking. That friendly honesty is something that has been very helpful to me.
Tees and Doodles by Jey Kim
Tees and Doodles

Camp Sketches

There is a certain freedom in Jamaican art and early on in my childhood it was very helpful. I think many artists experience a time where classmates would praise their work and you would be known as "that artsy guy/girl."

But when you finally meet other people who have been the artists of their schools, you may respond differently. Genuinely learn from others. Jamaica's happy makes us curious about each other's work so we can learn from each other.
Camp Sketches by Jey Kim
Camp Sketches

Randoms

Randoms by Jey Kim
Randoms

Fluorescent Pencil

If you take a look at my art, it does not look strictly Jamaican or even Caribbean. But the openness of the art community in Jamaica almost makes it possible and I'm grateful for that.
Fluorescent Pencil by Jey Kim
Fluorescent Pencil

Sophia Manning

Sophia is a graphic designer from Kingston, Jamaica. Her work features awesome trendy templates you can download on Envato Market.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Neon Styles

Jamaica is a place where I can draw inspiration from many areas, such as nature and the vibrant Jamaican culture. I love the calm nature of the island and the never ending summers. Most of all I love the food, the mountains and the beaches.
Neon Styles by Sophia Manning
Neon Styles

PS Neon Styles

The Jamaican culture is very diverse. In turn, this has influenced my work by adding diversity and creativity.
PS Neon Styles by Sophia Manning
PS Neon Styles

Perfect Date

Perfect Date by Sophia Manning
Perfect Date

3D Stitch Action

The art community is a close knit family. We inspire, push, learn and grow from each other. In addition to digital art, we also take part in activities such as art festivals and exhibitions.
3D Stitch Action by Sophia Manning
3D Stitch Action

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links below:

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