Friday, February 17, 2006
Samere Tansley was born in England, and since 1970 has made her home in Jamaica where she enjoys a successful career as a professional artist. The imagery in her painting has been greatly influenced by her move to the Caribbean. Her portraits of Jamaican women painted with meticulous intensity are highly sought after and her still-lifes reflect the abundance of the land and the sharp contrasts created by tropical sunlight.
Entering art school in England at fifteen years old, Samere trained extensively, eventually specializing in painting.
She originally traveled to Jamaica to take up a teaching position and taught Art for ten years in High school and 16 years part-time in the Painting Dept. of the Edna Manley College for the Visual Arts in Kingston. She had her first solo show in 1975, five years after arriving in Jamaica.
Samere draws her aesthetic inspiration from the visual richness of her surrounding environment, synthezing her view of the natural world through an unblinking attention to line and form, colour and tone, in order to create a calm space where the subject can be observed, rendered pure and still, outside of time and space, existing for itself alone
Her still-life paintings especially, possess this quality of time captured and stilled, caught in the reflected gleam of a silver knife, the falling shadow of a tablecloth’s soft fold, the pure white bowl holding the muted crimson of heaped ripe mangoes.
And her flower studies build a private botany which is all their own. She moves from the finest detail, ( the powdered pollen dusting the stamen of a Regal Lily ), to construct the lovingly wrought whole, where leaf and blossom, tendril and bud all combine to create a luxurious architecture, immobile and glowing.
”I aim to create canvass that express the emotion and excitement that I feel toward the subject that I paint and share this visual experience with the viewer”
The artist has exhibited extensively in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and her work has been included in Jamaican Art shows in Miami, Los Angeles and New York - with solo shows in Bermuda and the United Kingdom and many in Jamaica. Since 1984 her paintings have formed part of the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica and hang in many private and corporate collections in the Caribbean the US and Europe.
Samere maintains a Studio Gallery in the hills above Kingston where she holds her annual end of year exhibition.
Reproductions of her paintings are published by HiQo Gallery and the artist herself has recently launched a series of Giclee prints on canvas
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