Working with several other artists from Grenada over the past year as Cypher Art Collective, I am introducing this work as part of a local embodiment of long-term work of mine, Empathy of Place. I believe that the objects around us and the environment we live in contribute, poetically, to our identities. Further, the act […]Read more "Empathy of Place: Carriacou’s Shakespeare Mas. 59th Biennale di Venezia, Grenada National Pavilion (2022)"
Here is a collection of work that came out of the life drawing sessions at Art House 473. I moved to working on canvas and domestic as I was unsatisfied with the amount of paper I was using for our short poses (45 seconds, 5, and 10 minutes). I started trying to capture all of […]Read more "Tumble Figures (2020 – 2021)"
These are some drawings I had done around 1999. I would have been 15. I’m not sure that I remember exactly what these may have been inspired by other than thinking through forms and surfaces. There was definitely an embrace of speculative potentials in these drawings/drawings of sculptures/installations. Enjoy these throwbacks of a very different […]Read more "Early Surrealist Drawings (1999)"
Begun after Spicemas (Grenada Carnival) 2019, this series mines the beauty of J’ouvert – the oil covered, early Monday morning street party of Carnival. While the beauty of fancy mas or “pretty mas” is apparent – all of the work by the designers and costume builders have already been done. I am interested in the […]Read more "J’ouvert Series (2019)"
“History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.” Derek Walcott in his Nobel lecture, The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, explores the diverse lineage of the Caribbean through vivid imagery and the […]Read more "“Tower” 2018"
Still lifes as a tradition in painting have been used to represent a certain quality of life. By extension in art history they serve to show what someone was able to obtain and thus communicates to the viewer what sort of person they were. People have always used objects and symbols to stand in […]Read more "Drowned Still Lifes (2018)"
***Update*** Since I started doing these in September I have made 60 Lionfish raising over $3,000EC! Thank you for your support of this project and for the people that need it in Barbuda and Dominica. 100% of the money taken in goes towards relief efforts and as an artist, these lionfish have enabled me to […]Read more "Lionfish for Hurricane Relief"
Context As someone who has grown up in the island environment, particularly Grenada, it is apparent how crucial our connection to the sea is. Whether the sea is feeding us or attracting visitors, we are in constant dialogue with and our health and well-being is in constant relation to the sea. The Sea Fans (Gorgonians) […]Read more "Sea Lungs (2014 – present)"
Grenadian Artist Excels in International Contemporary Art Following a landmark year of accomplishment in contemporary art, not just for Grenada, but for the region and internationally, Asher Mains continues his studio and research practice in Bolivia from April to May this year. Mains is primarily a painter but in recent years has expanded his […]Read more "Bolivia Residency and Exhibit (2016)"
I began with this work based on a call from Grenadian curator, Susan Mains. The call was for work in reference to the social flux caused by technology in Grenada. As an artist that usually identifies as a representational painter, I began by wanting to explore the way that the digital realm has affected our […]Read more "Detritus in a Digital Age (2015)"
Grenada at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia In its 41st year of independence, Grenada will take a great leap forward and be seen for the first time on the largest and oldest world stage, la Biennale di Venezia. Through the co-operation of Ministry of Culture, Grenada has been invited to […]Read more "Grenada at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015)"
Here are a few images of my recent new work. I have been trying to think of a succinct name for these pieces. I think of them as my “transparent” work, although they are not really transparent. I think of them as my “Sea Fan” series even though not all of the pieces have sea […]Read more "Diaphanous Series (2014)"
Here are a few of the duct tape paintings I did for my recent solo exhibition. The description is not cryptic, I used duct tape in the pieces along with spray paint and oil paint to give a mixed media (and mixed technique) approach to my subjects. I used a burner to melt designs into […]Read more "Duct Tape Paintings (2014)"
Grafted Narratives, Dual Show with Susan Mains – 2014 Asher Mains Our realities can only be shaped by the language we use to describe and interpret them. By expanding the vocabulary of our experiences we are rewarded with a more elusive, vibrant reality. The words we use can be limiting; in this body of work […]Read more "Grafted Narratives (2014)"