Camille King's Inspired


Watercolour is popular in the Caribbean. There I suppose lies a familiarity of physical elements and history in this medium that Caribbean artists embrace. It's an art form that is highly respected. As artist, Jackie Hinkson says:

It is also an unforgiving medium mainly because it demands decisions that are too often irreversible, notably the judgment of the weight of a tone and the capturing of light in one or two washes.

Tone and light. There's a few keywords that seem to repeat themselves whenever I read or listen to Jackie talk about art. They are vision and technique. In the last talk I heard Jackie speak, he stated that artists get together and talk about technique, mostly. It was in response I think, to a question about work being controversial or political. The latter being much less an objective for most practicing artists — often construed by critics and media.

What I can appreciate about Camille King's recent work, is her willingness to step outside the safety zone of watercolour stereotypes. Be it her choice of subject matter (ex. guns and crix) or technique (ex. overlay of double images, space & perspective). Her work introduces new ways for artists to rethink watercolour. That I appreciate a great deal as a designer. This idea of creating new expression, encouraging diversity as a cultural norm.

While not denying the validity of traditional approaches, Camille is clear that she wishes to challenge herself to find and explore new ways of expressing her vision and of expanding existing notions of a Caribbean aesthetic. This is not surprising since her formative years would have exposed her to rapid social and technological changes that can create the potential for new imagery and techniques; an expansion of the language of art.
— Jackie Hinkson, artist

The above slideshow (click on image) contains samples of some recent collateral I did for Camille King's Master's Thesis exhibition entitled, Inspired. The above images are a few of my favourite spreads that actually did not make it into the catalogue — due to page limits aka budget. The invites are also included in the slideshow. If you have a chance, do check it out at Soft Box Gallery (continues until May 25th, 2013).