Howard Moo Young, Contributor
Ritual of Love - Robert 'Kibo' Thompson. - Contributed
ROBERT THOMPSON, otherwise known as 'Kibo', and Phillip Supersad, recently returned from Mt. Vernon, New York where they both staged a successful joint exhibition. These two talented Jamaican artists, came together for "Caribbean Art, Ripe with Culture" a private showing and public exhibition.
They presented their finest paintings and ceramics while sharing an evening of artistic expression at Ripe Kitchen and Bar, a popular Caribbean restaurant in Mt. Vernon, owned and operated by Jamaican culinary expert, Nigel Spence, formerly with TV Food Network.
Robert 'Kibo' Thompson, a fine artist, painter and entrepreneur is the founder, CEO and Chief Creative Director of Getcaught Media, a full service communications company. His counterpart, Mrs. Claudia Doig, General Manager of Getcaught, was organiser of the entire exhibition and also promoter for both artists.
His "First Culture Collection" is reminiscent of the colour of the African culture and reflects his fine sense of detail. Combined with a myriad of colours, there is an energy that exudes from his art. His bold, bright array of hues, set against heavy, medium and fine solid black lines vibrate with the rhythms of his ancestral forefathers.
Among Kibo's many achievements, he has been honoured as one of the most outstanding graduates in the 50-year history of the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts, where he currently gives guest lectures.
Phillip Supersad, an award-winning ceramist and also one of the outstanding graduates of the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts, where he lectures, exhibited his unique creations. Supersad's work has been exhibited locally as well as in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Australia.
His work today ranges from the non-representational to sculpture, which depicts strengths in women and emphasises the male/female relationships. As a secondary interest, he enjoys drumming and has developed his own line of ceramic drums.
At the opening of the exhibition, he displayed his talent on the "Dholak." Supersad also performed on a "Djembe" African drum, while Kibo read some of his poems that expressed the inspiration, which led to his works of art on display. This was well received by the appreciative audience. Most of the pieces were sold on the opening evening as guests busily claimed their pieces with red dots.
As a result of this exhibition, Kibo, who has been exhibiting his art for the first time since graduating from art school, now has selected pieces of his "First Culture Collection" on display at SAVACOU Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan, New York, where Supersad creations are exhibited regularly. Jamaica will have a chance to view pieces from his present collection at two exhibitions coming up soon, one at Bloomfield Great House in Mandeville on October 28, and at Devon House Great House on November 24, 2005. His entire collection can be viewed on www.kiboart.com.