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|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).