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Kofi's first

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Kofi Kayiga
Empress (left) and Stanley at the Strawberry Hill exhibition. - Contributed photos

Last Sunday, artist Kofi Kayiga staged his first exhibition in Jamaica in decades at the beautiful grounds of Strawberry Hill Hotel and Spa in St Andrew.

Kayiga recently staged two major exhibitions in Beijing and one in London, however, his focus is still primarily on Jamaica.

The artist attended the Jamaica School of Art under the tutorship of Barrington Watson. There, he was able to channel his cultural past, blend this with his present state of mind and cultivate his own unique Afro-Jamaican abstract style.

The exhibition was largely arranged by Stanley and Empress, known for their 'All things Jamaican' boutique. The two have been branching off into brand consulting and event planning.

Stanley's close relationship with Kayiga while growing up in Massachusetts and attending many of Kayiga's exhibits with her parents resulted in this new business partnership. Various works of Kayiga, from his small matted pieces such as 'Flight on Highway' and 'Subtle Images' to larger works like 'Night Owl', were on display at the recent exhibition.

"I am never sure what I paint, subconsciously and consciously. I really work from an inside-out situation so that makes my work become a real surprise to me," Kofi said when asked about his inspiration.

Guests visiting Strawberry Hill for brunch viewed the unique range of semi-abstract pieces as art lovers came out to meet the world-renowned painter and engage him in conversation.

Stanley and Empress gathered key pieces from their Liguanea boutique and their collections housed at Strawberry Hill Gift Shop and showcased a range of Jamaican designers perfectly fitting the same Afro-Jamaican theme as Kayiga's art.

Small works of Kayiga are available for sale in the Strawberry Hill Gift Shop and hand-painted silk scarves are available at Stanley & Empress Boutique, 94 Hope Road.