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Artists: Samere Tansley

Artist Statement

I see myself united with other contemporary realists in attempting to emulate our celebrated predecessors in capturing the game of light and shade. My still-lifes contain the small everyday things of life that speak to me of the history of the familiar, the domestic. My work is a contemplative aesthetic examination of these objects and the space they occupy.

Samere Tansley was born in the U.K. and trained as a painter in several English art schools, before making Jamaica her home in 1970.

For forty years she has embraced and influenced creative expression and the education process through her dedication to teaching art, first at the secondary level and then at E.M.C.V.A. Many young aspiring artists have benefited from her sustained encouragement and guidance.

The Jamaican environment has been an important inspiration in Samere’s work and her iconic portraits of Jamaican women have gained a permanent place in popular culture. Her imageries reflect many influences and sources, including mythology, feminism, nature, figuration and for the past twenty years the constructed realities conveyed by still-life. The pieces in this show, painted over a five year period, evoke a quality of ‘time captured and stilled’ where the subject can be observed, outside of time and space, existing for itself alone.

Samere has exhibited extensively in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and her work has been included in Jamaican Art shows in Miami, Los Angeles and New York - with solo shows in Bermuda and the United Kingdom and many in Jamaica. Since 1984 her paintings have formed part of the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica and hang in many private and corporate collections in the Caribbean, the U.S. and the U.K.


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