Olivia McGilchrist wins Super Plus art prize

Olivia McGilchrist wins Super Plus art prize

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Topics: Art & Photography

Olivia McGilchrist took home the coveted Jury Prize in the 2012 Super plus Under 40 Artist of the Year competition and exhibition, which was mounted at the Mutual Gallery and Art Centre. Marvin Bartley won the Public Vote Prize in the competition, which also featured artists Leasho Johnson and Berette Macauley. The exhibition has been enjoying tremendous support from the public, and will come to a close on Friday, November 30.

Olivia McGilchrist
L-R: Olivia McGilchrist, winner of the 2012 Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the Year Competition, Gilou Bauer of the Mutual Gallery, and Wayne Chen of Super Plus at the opening of the exhibition.

Olivia McGilchrist - Red Dress #1
Olivia McGilchrist – “Red Dress #1″

ARTIST PROFILE

Olivia McGilchrist
Coming from a Jamaican/Swiss background Olivia McGilchrist was educated in France and the UK earning an M.A. in photography. Her work which portrays “fantastical elements within my ordinary life” have been shown nationally and internationally. Her most important exhibitions are a solo exhibition Portraits of Women (2008) at Madame Lillies Art Space, London, UK, group exhibitions between 2008-1012 in Spain, France, Germany, the UK, Trinidad, Grenada and Jamaica at the Mutual Gallery, and locally her solo exhibition as an artist in residence at the CAGE Gallery in Kingston in 2012.

Competition Proposal: Whitey is what they call me, Olivia, on the street here in Kingston. ‘Whitey’ has become my alter-ego, a character created in my previous project ‘my dear daddy’, as a coping mechanism to deal with my uncomfortable feelings as a returning Jamaican resident of white complexion. The main attribute that defines Whitey is her white mask and her static demeanour throughout the images that she appears in.

Olivia McGilchrist -Red Dress #3
Olivia McGilchrist -“Red Dress #3″

Marvin Bartley

Although he studied painting at the Edna Manly College of the Visual and Performing Arts Marvin Bartley is better known as a photographer, having successfully worked as a commercial and fashion photographer with both local and international clients. His mark on the artistic scene is due to his large fine art photographs depicting religious and historical ideologies and events.  His most outstanding achievements are his participation as a featured artist in Young Talent V, National Gallery of Jamaica, and Shot in Kingston the Digital Scene, Alice Yard, Trinidad both in 2010. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Andy Warhol Foundation to be included in the Small Axe Art Journal.

Competition Proposal: The pieces that will be presented in this exhibition will depict a change in the direction of my cognitive process. While I am still influenced and inspired by paintings of the old masters, the focus has shifted more towards re-contextualizing them, with the hopes of revealing their true meaning, while adding my own interpretation, which may present an entirely different understanding from the traditional. Some of the works that I have been interrogating are that of Peter Paul Rubens, Sandro Botticelli, and Jan van Eyck.

My newer works still hold true to religious and historical ideologies and events, whether fictional or real. One of the works will explore the exclusion of “blackness” in timeless and priceless pieces.

Marvin Bartley - The Birth of Venus
Marvin Bartley – “The Birth of Venus”

Marvin Bartley- River Styx (the arrival of Christopher Columbus)

Marvin Bartley, winner of the Public Vote Prize, stands by his work "River Styx (the arrival of Christopher Columbus)"

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