Theresa Roberts International Collection
Confronting his British and Jamaican heritage, Deanio X is enshrouded by the legacies of European colonialism, it reflects the artist’s concerns with the impact of suppressed historic narratives in contemporary society.
'Untitled', acrylic and ink on canvas 2022
Hanover Grange generously supported the Royal Drawing School Artist Residency 2022
Deanio X | Drawing Year Alumni 2019
Report by Janet Casey, International Partnerships Manager
“The Hanover Grange residency in Jamaica was a vital experience in the development of my personal progress and process. The space to make work in an environment so abundant in natural beauty, biodiversity and light, has fostered new consideration of organic structures and silhouettes in my artwork. Furthermore, the opportunity to paint and draw whilst inhaling the live culture, from which my family largely hails, represents an attainment of a significant milestone.
During the stay at Hanover Grange, we were treated to incredibly generous support and energy from our hosts. In opportunities to explore the grounds, I was inspired by old relics that spoke to Jamaica's unshadowed colonial history. Particularly, a water wheel, used to irrigate former plantation lands; this massive metal gear in the midst of lush forest became in my artwork a symbol for the wheel of time in cosmology. Building a narrative around the observed landscapes I was able to respond to the environment and find direction for a series of work I have continued to develop since the residency.
Beyond the residency grounds, enjoyed the epic journeys in a car or bus through hills and valleys framed by relentless vines and vegetation. Going out on the boat with local Hanover fishermen, which gave me access to a new view of Jamaica from the ocean's edge and, relaxed moments, drawing dominoes players at bars and market customers on the shore, which were nice ways to reflect daily activities in Hanover. Finally in Kingston, I was pleased to see a mass of artwork, including murals in the city centre, the 2022 Jamaican Biennial exhibition at the national gallery, and students at work at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Big thank you to Theresa and Andrew Roberts, also to Andre, Audrey, Hilary, Linville and Richard for making the space so welcome and available and the Royal Drawing School for the opportunity.”
International Partnerships Manager
Read the whole report here (Open PDF)
Painting by Kitty Rice