Location: Trinidad & Tobago
Illustrator, fine artist, graphic artist, Jadon Matthews was born Ajamu Zano Hasani Matthews March, 1984 in Mayaro, Trinidad where he spent his early childhood. His art work has been exhibited at various galleries and group shows locally. At the age of fifteen, his first piece was sold to a visiting Colombian who was struck with nostalgia at the piece entitled “Reggae King”. Jadon has also studied visual arts at secondary school and university levels.
Inspired and influenced by everyday contemporaries to renaissance masters, most notably Leonardo Da vinci amongst the multi-faceted ones, Jadon himself is a “Jack of many trades” where his creativity also extends into music and electro-mechanics having once applied for a patent on a design. He has also undertaken an apparel venture with his Zano Hasani brand where some of his artwork are used as designs on some of his apparels. In a number of his art pieces, through study of the human form and portraiture in impressionism and realism, he invokes emotions of nostalgia, kinship and possessive admiration. Charcoal, pastels and oils are his pet media. The use of live models are preferred and photographs, when live models are not convenient. Building a name and an entity, Jadon Matthew’s art work shall crave its own indelible place in the creative art forms.
Works done in soft pastels and charcoal. You should be very pleased to note that the original works has been fixed/treated for superior smudge resistance using method of old pastel masters of centuries ago, which retain the appearance of the work as it was freshly produced.
Please bear with me as some of the images were taken by phone with lower quality resolution camera. However I'll be working to update those with high resolution images.
Charcoal on paper
24 × 18 inches
Side profile figure study of an african baby sitting on the floor playing with an object.
Charcoal on paper
18.5 × 17 inches
A positive thinking role model for African females and all females and the world; one who sees no prejudice.
Soft pastels on paper mounted on board
18 × 24 inches.
A perched blue macaw showing off its plumage.
Soft pastel casein
22 × 32 inches
Depiction of an elderly woman in patterned skirt and turqouise top sorting out objects in her backyard in a rural setting.
18 × 24 inches
East Indian woman posing akimbo with cocoyea broom after a morning sweep up.