Jamaican artist Lennox Coke is one dynamic artist, whose works are currently on display at The Wyndham hotel, New Kingston. It's his second time enjoying the 'suite' life at Wyndham hotel. This exhibition boasts 29 pieces of Coke's recent paintings, 10 of which were influenced by the celebration of Jamaica's 50th year of Independence.
Lennox first broke on the art landscape back in 1997 as a young past student of the Edna Manley College of the visual and performing arts. Since then, Coke has consistently grown, at times outshining his years.
His work continues to improve and develop, with technique and colours that captivate art lovers and collectors everywhere.
"My main focus is to celebrate the social and cultural expression of my people," said Coke.
His contribution to the Jamaica 50 series is highlighted with pieces featuring the colours of the national flag in the background.
Coke demonstrates pride, resilience and accomplishments of Jamaican people in his works. He captures images of our cultural lifestyle with a skill that has become his signature - painting Jamaicans, especially in their natural environment. His market scenes have become iconic and are part of many collectors' catalogues. He now indulges in street sellers, and 'Jelly man' is an eye catcher. Coke eases back to a few pieces on peaceful country life such as 'Country Pride', and 'Savour'.In 'Savour', a young boy stops on a dirt pathway to enjoy the cool breeze of the countryside and a Jamaican fruit, while watching passers-by.
Other pieces are Jamaican flowers done on burlap which, Coke said, are representative of our still-blooming nation.
This is a well-executed show. Kudos to The Wyndham hotel for its continued effort to support talent in Jamaica.
The exhibition runs until May 31.