Wed | Sep 18, 2019

Richard Nattoo creates unique styles - Showcases at Kingston’s newest art space – R Hotel’s Gene Pearson Gallery

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Fragility Part 2, an exhibition of new works by contemporary visual artist and musician, Richard Nattoo, was held July 27-August 24, 2019 at Gene Pearson Gallery.

Nattoo, a recent graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Jamaica, uses his skills and competencies gained through his education to bolster his own work, giving them a precision and direction little seen in the local art landscape.

The exhibition comprised 13 etchings on glass prisms. Nattoo first introduced his etchings on glass at the 2014 Jamaica Biennial. It was an innovative and inspiring initiative by the newcomer, receiving positive attention and feedback from art lovers.

Capitalising on his pen, ink and watercolour aquatic surreal scapes, Nattoo sliced his 2D drawings into 3D machinations, etching each aspect on to individual panes of glass, creating a full 360-degree piece of work. Finally, by adding a light source the installed work seemed to be etched in light.

“The success of this and future exhibitions would prompt Nattoo to develop on this unique art style,” said Abigail Smith, curator at Gene Pearson Gallery.

Nattoo has been exhibiting actively since 2012 and has been successful in several of the National Gallery’s premier exhibitions: Jamaica Biennial (2014), Young Talent (2015), and Digital (2016) exhibitions. As well as being a regular contributor to the Kingston on the Edge Art Festival since 2012, most notable Explorations II (2015).

His most recent exhibitions include Sensory at Boon Hall Oasis (April 2019) and Fragility at The Blank Space (May 2019). He is self-described as one who loves to “experiment with media”. He also has indicated that his influences are usually “those who aim to describe feelings rather than replicating what they see.”

Smith informed that Nattoo’s showcase has been a great beginning for the space. The next exhibition scheduled for October will be the works of Jamaican artist Sebastian Elliot, one of the last students of master painter Barrington Watson.

“There are other initiatives we are working on, which we are sure will provide much-needed exposure to the young Jamaican artists,” Smith said. “We are upbeat on the possibilities that are evolving.”

The Gene Pearson Gallery is open to the public Tuesdays to Fridays between 10am and 5pm and Saturdays 11am and 5pm. For further information contact the gallery by phone 876 968 6222 or by email genepearsongallery@rhotelja.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @genepearsongalleryjm.