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Dwight Larmond passionate about his art

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMKeisha Hill, Gleaner Writer

Dwight Larmond isn't your typical visual artist. He uses his talent to promote peace and love while assisting those who are less fortunate in the society. His style incorporates unique pieces of material to create thought-provoking works of art that could be termed as realism.

"I have always tried to make a difference in the world with my art. My work has brought me, among other things, a great level of satisfaction in the form of helping others. My work involves real-life scenery, using mixed mediums," he said.

As a painter, Larmond has developed his own style, utilising mixed media, which has also caught the attention of local and international art critics and collectors. The self-taught artist began experimenting with the art form when he was about six years old.

"I was always drawing and I was quite aware that I was one of the better artists in my class at school. My passion for art followed me straight through high school at Munro College, where I would draw posters and other things for events that we would have," he said.

While at Munro, Larmond sat the subject at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level and was the only one from the Malvern-based institution to be successful.

"I had a friend who helped me to study for the examination because there were areas that I was not aware that I should cover. At that stage, we did not have an established art programme at the school so I basically did it on my own," he said.

 

NUMEROUS AWARDS

 

Fast-forward a few years later and Larmond, although an astute businessman, has mastered his craft and has numerous awards under his belt. In 2007, he was involved in the Biennial Exhibition with his piece dubbed 'Team Roots' that portrayed a sense of peace and togetherness of mankind.

"It was created from clay that I collected from across the 14 parishes of Jamaica. I bound them together, utilising the elephant ear leaf. It was well received at the exhibition,"

he said.

Seemingly enthralled with Jamaican folklore and varying aspects of Jamaica's state of affairs, Larmond has, on several occasions, entered the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Visual Arts Exhibition in the Adult category.

In 2011, his piece called 'Wi and Dem', which depicted a stand-off scenario between the security forces and Tivoli residents during the Tivoli Gardens incursion, won first place. He also won a bronze medal as part of a sectional prize. This piece of artwork took the artist four months to complete before being submitted to JCDC.

 

DRIVEN BY DETERMINATION

 

The Savanna-la-Mar resident has a vision of social change through his artistic collaboration and has received several other awards, including one for his entry 'Election Jamboree' in the Jamaica 50 category, where he tied for first place with Aeron Cargill, whose winning entry was 'Jonkunoo'.

"It has been sheer determination and practice that has brought me to this level. It is my spiritual connection with the Creator that I have been given this opportunity to be as successful," Larmond said.

His 2015 entries in the JCDC competition titled 'Call Her Jamaica' and 'Yardie in New York' have secured him two bronze medals so far.

"When Jamaica became independent, it was very dear to my heart. I put this on canvas using different substances to harden it. I created from zinc an image of the British flag, with the Jamaican flag opening up from it. It draws people's attention to the fact that we have achieved so much as a country," Larmond said.

'Yardie in New York', he said, was inspired by his friend who lives in New York and has been finding it difficult.

"I want to send a message to Jamaicans that going overseas oftentimes isn't a bed of roses," Larmond said.

Larmond said he already has his mind set on a new piece that he called 'Legalise It', and he is also planning a piece called 'Journey Man'.

"I am very serious about art. I am a nocturnal person. When persons are asleep that's when I find the time to think and be creative," he said.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com