Richard Mark Rawlins

And Yet Here We Are Again

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Year 2020
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.2 cm
Nominated by Barbara Walker

About the work

The mask is the symbol of 2020. I’ve worn so many masks now that I’ve become fascinated by them to be honest. This drawing is from a larger series of drawings made during the second national lockdown of 2020. I made one drawing a day, all exploring the same theme: all masked up, nowhere to go.

About the artist:

Born Port of Spain 1967, Richard Mark Rawlins lives and works in Hastings. He graduated from Post Graduate Diploma, Print, at Royal College of Art (2019).

Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the “pop-cultural” poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.

His work is held in public and private collections including Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London; Soho House Art Collection, London; and the Art Collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain.

Selected exhibitions include The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2021); Ingram Prize, Ingram Collection, London (2020); Wells Art Contemporary, Wells (2020); Photofringe, Worthing/Brighton (2020); The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Port of Spain (2020); We Are More Than A Moment, Gallery-51, Massachusetts (2020); Get Up Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London (2019); Transoceanic Visual Exchange, Cache Space, Beijing, and The Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Bridgetown (2019); Here is Not a Happy Place, Medulla Art Gallery, Port of Spain (2019); OVERPR!NT, AG!TATE, ACT!VATE, Museum Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, Belgium (2018); Most things Happen When I Am Asleep, Artspace, Auckland (2018); Digital, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston (2015); Americas In Britain, National Portrait Gallery, London (2018); and Prizm Art Fair, Miami Artweek, Miami (2017).

Rawlins is a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2012).

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