Jamaican-born, Sydney-based artist Robin Clare’s work riffs on the colour, rhythm and repetition of dancehall music and the popular culture of her native country. Expect a heady culture clash of blaring hand-drawn typography, bold large-scale paintings, screen prints and a jungle of pop art, comic book, cinematic and advertising influences. The conceptual underpinning beneath this criss-cross of influences is the nature of cross-cultural exchange between Jamaica and the United States, particularly a 1950s publication, Bulls Eye, by comic artist team Simon and Kirby.
Clare has exhibited across London and Sydney and works at the edge of the map between contemporary art and graphic design, producing zines and illustrations for t-shirts. Her latest show Badda dan dem star is on for a few short days only at at China Heights in Surry Hills, a gallery that ties the design and art worlds together.
Badda dan dem star is on 6-9 for Friday opening and 12-5 on Saturday and Sunday.