New Roots: Nile Saulter

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Nile Saulter – Pillowman (2013), video still

Biography

Nile Saulter is a cinematographer, director, editor, and founding member of New Caribbean Cinema. He graduated from the New York Film Academy at King’s College, London in 2004. His commercial clients include Pepsi, Gatorade, Red Bull, Digicel, PSI and Island Outpost. His short films have been exhibited at The British Museum in London and the Michael Werner Gallery in New York, and screened at festivals in Toronto, Nigeria, Trinidad, Barbados, Cuba, St Lucia, Jamaica, and London, where his short film Coast won the award for Best Cinematography at the Portobello Film Festival in 2011. He has directed and codirected music videos for Bounty Killer and Skygrass, in addition to creating video art. Nile recently returned from Senegal, where he conducted interviews and shot footage for the Puma-sponsored One People documentary project to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary. He’s recently gotten into fashion film productions also, and has shot two for the Lubica and We Are Massiv brands respectively. Nile has just completed his first feature film script for which pre-production will begin in the summer of 2013.

Nile Saulter - Pillowman (2013), video still

Nile Saulter – Pillowman (2013), video still

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New Roots – Gisele Gardner

Gisele Gardner - Subterranean Initiation (2012)

Gisele Gardner – Subterranean Initiation (2012), oil on canvas

Biography

Gisele Gardner, 23, has been painting for seven years. A past student of the Edna Manley College, she has also obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Studio Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She specializes in oil paints and figurative imagery, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions, local and international.

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Gisele Gardner – Kevin 2 (2011), oil on canvas

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Last Sundays: New Roots Opens on July 28

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National Gallery of Jamaica to Present New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to invite you to its summer show, New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists. The exhibition will open on Sunday July 28th and features work by Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, The Girl and the Magpie, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter and Ikem Smith. Though some of these artists already have an exhibition history, locally or abroad, all are relatively new to the local art world and under 40 years old. In keeping with its mandate to identify and support new and young artists, the NGJ is excited to unveil a show that will surprise, challenge and hearten the arts community and broader society.

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New Roots: The Girl and the Magpie

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Biography

The artist behind The Girl and the Magpie was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa). She obtained a Masters Degree in Archeology and History of Art in Belgium (1996). She began to make jewellery in Burkina Faso (2005) where she mastered the lost-wax casting technique, an ancestral method for casting bronze. While traveling regularly between Europe and Africa, she continued her goldsmith and contemporary jewellery training at the Technical School for Arts and Crafts in Brussels, Belgium (2005-2011).  She has been living and working in Jamaica for the last two years. She has exhibited in Belgium, Burkina Faso and in Jamaica, where she has collaborated with Jackie Cohen to produce accessories for her Mutamba clothing line for 2012 Caribbean Fashion Week. Fragile Jamaica is a (fragile) collection inviting reflections on the fragility of Jamaica’s ecological balance. Love for Jamaica’s beauty is not enough, on all levels more actions are needed to encourage its preservation: from daily personal actions, over community projects, to political decisions. Continue reading

New Roots: Astro Saulter

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Biography

Astro Saulter (b1978, Jamaica) is a digital artist living in Negril, Jamaica. As an infant, Astro was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy – a brain and nervous system disorder which causes severe physical disability. One of eight children, Astro’s parents nurtured all of their children’s creative spirit and Astro was no different. At the age of 12, he was enrolled in a special needs school in the USA. There he learned basic subjects and computer skills, including the use of a hands-free head set to perform computer functions. He was later transferred into the general high school system in Miami, Florida. He returned home to Jamaica in 1998. Since then Astro has used the computer as his ‘life-line’ to the world. Around 2001, he began creating visual art. Enabled by the program EZ-Keys, Astro operates his computer using a head switch on the back of his wheelchair, he uses drawing programs such as Macromedia Freehand and Inkscape to “sketch” his drawings, painstakingly connecting lines and filling colors one step at a time.

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New Roots: Matthew McCarthy

Matthew McCarty - I Took the Liberty of Designing One (2013)

Matthew McCarty – I Took the Liberty of Designing One (2013)

Biography

Matthew McCarthy is a Jamaica-based illustrator and mural painter who has spent the last five years finding a way to combine his obsession with Jamaican street signs, old school dancehall illustrations and global street art movements. His style and overall message have been influenced by local and global happenings, which fuel his enormous need to formulate satire around interesting topics.

Matthew McCarthy - detail of Put That on Page Two (2013), site-specific installation

Matthew McCarthy – detail of Put That on Page Two (2013), site-specific installation

Artist Statement

Hear oh heavens and give me ear. I have nourished and reared these indigo children and they have rebelled against me.

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