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Painter finally gets his 'art's' desire

Published:Sunday | August 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Marvin proudly shows off one of his pieces. - Photo by Shelly-Ann Thompson

Shelly-Ann Thompson, Contributor

Being an art aficionado, Marvin Thompson has had his own share of politics. Coupled with the fact that he's still an art student, mentors are unleashing their opinions while peers are pushing him in another direction.

Thompson knows all too well the politics that can kill art. Luckily for art lovers, Thompson's passion has not been killed, but is spawning beautiful, politically charged eye-catching pieces.

Recently, his collection of works titled 'Repair' was showcased at the 2014 Kingston On The Edge Urban Art Festival. At the laid-back Café Whats On located on Barbican Road in St Andrew, Thompson unveiled 20 visual art pieces that captivated admirers.

In the midst of bad times, Thompson used Repair to mend the broken areas and regain self-confidence in order to carry out his aim of providing spiritual, scientific and philosophical evidence of truth. The art pieces displayed took viewers through the politics of culture, social change, language and, most definitely, passion. An artist committed to reshaping how art is produced, perceived and received. The works are strong evidence of his art choice exploring religious and cultural customs, as well as languages across boundaries: Turkish, Hebrew, Danish, Arabic, sub-Saharan, Hindu and Zulu.

"Very interesting pieces," said renowned lecturer Dr Carolyn Cooper, in admiration of Thompson's visual arts.

Art lover Karen Mafaunjkwe said that for a young artist, Thompson's works are impressive. "He's a huge talent (who) evokes everything in his painting, (he's) just talented."

A few of the pieces from Repair were three years in the making, taking him a while to complete, as he was unsure if he was on the right path as opinions from 'masters' of the art decried his work.


"The bad thing about art politics is that it does not always allow freedom of expression and sometimes ignores artists' means of communication. Hence, this display is about an artist who fights to overcome the disadvantages of art politics ... and is now saying 'enough is enough'," he said.

With this collection of work, Thompson feels a renewed spirit to carry on his passion. The result of Repair is refreshing for him.

"It's just a good feeling that I'm able to paint again, that I was able to find motivation to do what I do best," said Thompson, who, this September, will enter his final year of study at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

He praised the organisers of the KOTE festival who invited him to be a part of the show. Thompson's works were showcased alongside other artists, such as the award-winning Inansi and Jackie Cohen. The KOTE festival, in its seventh year, ran for nine days, June 20-29, providing an outlet for artists whose ideas are often ignored. KOTE fulfilled one of its missions to expose young talent by featuring Thompson which, in turn, provided the young artist a much-needed opportunity to repair his art's desire.