This is some of the art that I did during Grenada’s Covid-19 lockdown from March to July, 2020. I took the time to try to reflect some of the common visuals of the time in a variety of techniques and mediums.Read more "Art in Quarantine (2020)"
This body of work is a starting point to launch further lines of inquiry regarding interpreting, producing, and consuming art in a dialogic mode as an initial premise. Poetic Architecture is about a philosophy of relation. More will be posted after the opening on Friday, February 21st! Poetic Architecture Asher Mains A Philosophy […]Read more "Poetic Architecture (2020)"
Burning Beach/You Are Here installation for the 5th Grenada Contemporary Exhibit 2019 at Art House 473, presented by Susan Mains Gallery. Glissant’s description of the burning beach is sober and chilling. He describes the sand, sun, and sea in almost lyrical prose, encapsulating a visitor’s vision of the beach before adding in his own sentiment […]Read more "Burning Beach/You Are Here (2019)"
This series, enamel on paper and enamel on ripstop is just a little exploration into an element that is included in many Northern Renaissance paintings called “Vanitas” that is intended to remind us of our mortality. This “Memento Mori” type of series plays with that reminder of mortality and at time feels like it is […]Read more "“Vanitas” Series"
Begun after Spicemas (Grenada Carnival) 2019, this series mines the beauty of J’ouvert – the oil covered, early Monday morning street party of Carnival. While the beauty of fancy mas or “pretty mas” is apparent – all of the work by the designers and costume builders have already been done. I am interested in the […]Read more "J’ouvert Series (2019)"
For the past two years I have been making original posters for the Grenada Chocolate Festival in a limited run of 20. This year I focused on the iconic shapes of the cocoa tree as well as using my homemade, natural ink for the shape of Grenada.Read more "Grenada Chocolate Festival 2019 Posters"
After the 8 pieces that made up the installation Sea Lungs was stolen in Venice at the end of 2017 by Omar Donia, I am recreating the series from the stencils I still have. The recreation of this series is like pulling the pieces through time and space and reclaiming them. It is at times […]Read more "Sea Lungs: New Iterations (2019)"
A considerable amount of my time an energy in 2018 and so far in 2019 has been getting Art House 473 off the ground! In a partnership with Susan Mains and Susan Mains Gallery, we have bought what used to be a Pentecostal church in the heart of Calliste to use as an art centre […]Read more "Art House 473 (2019)"
In LaLuna’s “Enchanted Forest”, a space made available to artists in Grenada to install sculptures and land art, I see it as a contemplative space. My contribution, “Burnt Cube” is entirely contemplative and designed to play with the way we view natural spaces. The cube “frames” parts of the wooded area from all directions. The […]Read more "Burnt Cube 2018"
“History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.” Derek Walcott in his Nobel lecture, The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, explores the diverse lineage of the Caribbean through vivid imagery and the […]Read more "“Tower” 2018"
Still lifes as a tradition in painting have been used to represent a certain quality of life. By extension in art history they serve to show what someone was able to obtain and thus communicates to the viewer what sort of person they were. People have always used objects and symbols to stand in […]Read more "Drowned Still Lifes (2018)"
***Update*** Since I started doing these in September I have made 60 Lionfish raising over $3,000EC! Thank you for your support of this project and for the people that need it in Barbuda and Dominica. 100% of the money taken in goes towards relief efforts and as an artist, these lionfish have enabled me to […]Read more "Lionfish for Hurricane Relief"
http://www.grenadavenice.org Sea Lungs – Statement We are inextricable from the sea. In an island environment, not only does it sustain us economically but also physiologically. This close relation is at the heart of “Sea Lungs”; imagining that the sea fans that wash up on the beach and resemble our own cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are […]Read more "Grenada National Pavilion, 57th Biennale di Venezia"
Context As someone who has grown up in the island environment, particularly Grenada, it is apparent how crucial our connection to the sea is. Whether the sea is feeding us or attracting visitors, we are in constant dialogue with and our health and well-being is in constant relation to the sea. The Sea Fans (Gorgonians) […]Read more "Sea Lungs (2014 – present)"
“Derek Walcott’s ‘The Sea is History’” Video installation by Asher Mains Narration: Samuel Ogilvie Text: Sir Derek Walcott In the scope of making work that is situated in a specific time, place, and context, “Derek Walcott’s ‘The Sea is History’” is about indulging in local materiality and local cultural reference. Landscape has an […]Read more "“Derek Walcott’s ‘The Sea is History'”"
Grenadian Artist Excels in International Contemporary Art Following a landmark year of accomplishment in contemporary art, not just for Grenada, but for the region and internationally, Asher Mains continues his studio and research practice in Bolivia from April to May this year. Mains is primarily a painter but in recent years has expanded his […]Read more "Bolivia Residency and Exhibit (2016)"
Society: Cocoa New Work by Asher Mains For centuries people and societies have sought after gold. For personal wealth and for the stability of society the pursuit of gold is a large chapter in the history of the Western world. Even today, the gold standard backs some of the world’s currency. When gold could not […]Read more "Society: Cocoa (2016)"
I began with this work based on a call from Grenadian curator, Susan Mains. The call was for work in reference to the social flux caused by technology in Grenada. As an artist that usually identifies as a representational painter, I began by wanting to explore the way that the digital realm has affected our […]Read more "Detritus in a Digital Age (2015)"
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The Gift: Painted Portraits for Cocoa Farmers Asher Mains ? Intro ? Growing up in Grenada, one of my favourite places to play was in the “cocoa patch” on the lush hillside that our house sat on. The broad leaves of the cocoa trees covered both the canopy and…
Grenada at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia In its 41st year of independence, Grenada will take a great leap forward and be seen for the first time on the largest and oldest world stage, la Biennale di Venezia. Through the co-operation of Ministry of Culture, Grenada has been invited to […]Read more "Grenada at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015)"