Features Janelle de Souza 29 minutes ago Anthea Grant viewing an acrylic on canvas artwork, Supergirl, at Rotunda Gallery, Red House March 2021. – Ayana Kinsale
Keiba Jacob Motley, the new President of the Art Society of TT, is excited about her new position and ready to take the organization to the next level.
He was asked to run for the presidency in January 2021, but his initial reaction was negative as he felt he did not have time to take on another responsibility.
She is one of two case officers and heads Parliament’s Financial Intelligence Unit and curator of the Rotunda Gallery at the Red House.
But she considered, finally agreed, and was elected to a three-year term at the end of March.
Jacob Motley told the Sunday Newsday that she wants the arts society to be a place where people in the visual arts community can feel comfortable and respected. She wants to make it a place that promotes members and their work, gallery exhibitions, and brings everyone in the community together.
She wants it to be a place where people can find out what’s happening in the art world and learn about emerging and established artists.
“I see the Art Society as a supporter of the visual arts at TT – the arts, not the artists. Buyers and members of the corporate society can do the same.
Keiba Jacob Motley, new President of the TT Art Society. – Ayana Kinsale
“If we can all come together to promote the fine arts — painting, sculpture, photography, videography, digital art, etc. — and help develop and deepen the appreciation of fine arts at TT, it will help practitioners.” and force you to deepen your practice.”
However, she doesn’t expect to do it alone.
The new board has already started brainstorming ideas and Jacob Motley looks forward to giving everyone the opportunity to be heard and bring their perspectives together.
The Board includes Art Collectors Vice President Kevin Kenny; secretary Chantal Quamina; Treasurer Junel Lewis, who previously held the position for a year; and directors Christine Norton, Jason Nathu, Tracy Alonzo, Jeanine Crouch, and Anika Plauden-Corentin.
They believe that an interesting journey is ahead of them as they are all excited and willing to work hard.
She said that the art society is made up of people who, in her opinion, reflect the creation of the people of TT. Currently, however, the members are mostly artists and some art collectors, people of different ages, races, genders and professions. But there are plans to launch a member campaign in September.
Mother Gaia, the mixed media sculpture by Emma Hardy, will be on display at the Rotunda Gallery in the Red House in March 2021. Keiba Jacob is a curator at the Motley Fool Gallery. – Ayana Kinsale
“All of these people feel they have a place and an opportunity in art society. And we share our fears and insecurities as artists, so we want to encourage people to come out and check out the work. Tell us if you don’t like it. If you like it, let us know. If you love it, buy it. But it’s not about the sale. We want people to come out and support the visual arts community at TT Do it.”
Jacob Motley’s artistic journey began in 2016 when he visited an art gallery to buy art for his home.
“I didn’t know where to start buying, I didn’t know how to buy art or what to do. I went to Horizons and saw some Glenn Roopchand pieces. His work is truly amazing but I can’t buy the pieces I loved.
“I had a friend with me and he said he could draw anything I liked. And I thought if he could paint it, I could paint it too.”
The very next day, October 31, 2016, she went to an art supply store, bought paint, and began painting for the first time.
“I’ve always loved art, but it was one of those things you imagine I wish I could do. That always intimidated me because I felt like I couldn’t do the work I’d done to others. “I saw you do it.”
But he did, and his abstract art has morphed from canvas to fabric, lustrous fabrics and furniture alike.
“For me, in my personal practice, art means being free. I have all this structure at work, so I can do whatever I want with painting or designing.” I want to be
“As a result, my art is very abstract. My art doesn’t have structures and shapes and things like that. It’s very emotional, very spontaneous, very expressive. I just relax and whatever unfolds is fine.”
Fancy Sailors by Solange Govia on display at Rotunda Gallery March 2021. – Ayana Kinsale
Five years later he had his first solo exhibition at Arnim’s Art Galleria, Port of Spain in September 2021.
Jacob Motley said that when he started painting he was “deep immersed in the art world”. He spoke to artists and gallery owners about their work and travels, trying to find out what inspired people to buy art.
This “dive” came in handy when Parliament moved back to the Red House in 2020. As she was preparing to move from Tower D to the Red House at the International Waterfront Center, she came up with the idea of using the entrance as an art gallery.
“When we moved back into the Red House, we wanted to retain the intense feel of the old days where you could walk through the Red House straight from Sackville Street to Woodford Square. Of course there are security checks now, but you can still walk.”
He thought it would be a good idea to display artworks to draw people into the space, and since they’ve already been there, potentially teach people who aren’t generally interested in politics about Parliament.
He believes the idea and his position as curator of the Rotunda Gallery gave him the recognition to be recognized as the art society’s potential presidential nominee.
Like the Rotunda Gallery, Jacob Motley aims to focus on creating opportunities for artists to exhibit their work and to develop and deepen people’s appreciation for art. She wants to help Art Society members develop and educate people so they are not intimidated by the art community.
The Art Society already organizes ongoing exhibitions at its Federation Park headquarters, as well as live drawing events, artist talks and workshops, all open to the public.
“We have so many artists in the country and so many works of art that even in people’s homes there are no blank walls. So we have more than enough art that we can always have an exhibition.
Art Society President Keiba Jacob Motley and Vice President Kevin Kenny. – Ayana Kinsale
“And sometimes people don’t value certain types of work as fine art. So these artist talks are not only for the artists but also for the buyers to gain understanding and appreciation for the art.”
Jacob Motley said that there is a misconception that only a certain type of people buy and appreciate art. But he insisted that art is for everyone.
She advises those who want to buy art for the first time to ignore the opinions of others. They believe that they should buy what they absolutely love to live in and buy in their own home.
Afterwards, she said to look around and visit the different galleries, but keep in mind your budget and the size of your space. He added that buyers should feel free to ask the gallery or artist if they can pay in installments.
She also suggests they have a plan and maybe turn their attention to a topic or an emerging artist. Why? Because their work may be less expensive and the work is likely to become more valuable over time.
“When you stop working as an artist, everyone who collects your artwork suffers because you don’t grow as an artist. His work is appreciated – if you see his starting point and his development and see his path. Then the earlier work of the artist becomes valuable.
“Besides, art is something unique. Sometimes when an artist paints something in a series, they create that series and that’s it. The artist may continue on his or her creative journey and may never see that time again, or their style may have evolved to the point where it can no longer emulate what it was before.”
So her top advice is, if you love it and have the money, buy it!