The time for Barbados Art to be globally recognised is NOW: opines Ras Akyem-I who has forged links with Foster & Ince

The time has come to create opportunities for Caribbean artists on the world stage, asserts a leading regional artist.

Barbadian Ras Akyem-i Ramsay, Director of the Barbados-based art-aniMAL Inc., lamented the under-representation of Caribbean visual arts across the world. This under representation, he contended, offered creative visionaries an opportunity for leadership in this “virgin space.” {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

I hope to be to Caribbean Art what Bob Marley is to Caribbean music,” asserted Ras Akyem-i, who has earned global attention for his artwork.

We are creating a collective of contemporary, forward thinking regional visual artists to overcome global perceptions that limit us to traditional images of fishing boats and palm trees,” he reported.

{FILE IMAGE} L to R - Cuban Artist Leandro Soto with Ras Akyem-I and along with Annalee Davis have taken their St Geiorge landlocked studios and made them an actual destination for Tour Operators , Foster & Ince with a trial run just concluded and a Full Tour in Winter this year...

Recently funded by local venture capital firm BIM Ventures, art-aniMAL’s chief executive believes he finally has the support system to fulfill such a grand vision.

I have found in BIM Ventures the supportive, embracing, family-oriented model which provides a strong structure to survive in today’s competitive world,” he said.

The Rastafarian pointed to support in the form of finance and shepherding (mentorship) which has given him the launch pad to grow his young and progressive art company. {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

There is something quite radically unique and daring about this local business organization’s decision to boldly circumvent the sterile domestic business traditions, and confidently invest timely funding in a visual artist or poet,” the Rasta mused, adding how with 2 other artists they plan to be a cultural hub for a special tour with Foster & Ince.

The campaign to give Caribbean art global prominence took off in November with a presentation at the Liverpool Biennial, one of the most exciting contemporary visual arts events in the United Kingdom. Later, art-aniMAL received positive reviews in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Ras Akyem-i collaborated with master printmaker Michael Costello of Hand Graphics Studio to produce a unique body of limited edition lithographs.

We are pleased with the success of our Santa Fe trip and the work that was produced there. We have sold seven out of 10 exclusive pre-released prints and have generated a number of leads,” said art-aniMAL managing director Adam Werth.

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