Yvadney – Black British contemporary portrait artist creating originals and giclee prints celebrating the Caribbean Diaspora and the sensuality of middle-aged women with soulful brush strokes, defiant colour and a lot of vintage wallpaper.
This week our special guest is Yvadney, a London-based portrait artist championing the Caribbean Diaspora and the middle years. She returned to her art practice for the first time in over 15 years, whilst enjoying a career as a Fashion Stylist. Homeschooling her two children in the middle of the global pandemic gave her the time to create, pause, reflect and pick up her paintbrush.
Yvadney talks to the ladies about fashion styling for kids and adults, dopamine dressing, radiators and drains, being inspired in her art by her working-class, Caribbean roots and prejudice faced by her and the models that she works within the predominately white, creative industries.
And how does she do it all? In her own words, “learn to stay no to things…find your real-world inspiration…your cheerleaders…actively make time for things…and celebrate the good and the joy”.
Yvadney has transitioned creatively, and we welcome her on today’s episode of Women Who Rebrand.
Wear what you mean, and mean what you wear…
Colours and their meanings
Mourning (in some cultures/
Death or Mourning
“I’ve just entered my middle years and strongly believe women of this age hold an unrecognised source of sensuality, wisdom and beauty. It is important to me that their bodies, alongside childbirth or ageing, have grown in power. I enjoy bringing out my subject’s personality, identity and emotions, from nuanced bodies through to the clothes they choose to wear.” – Yvadney Davis
Sistren by Yvadney Davis
Yvadney’s art can currently be found in the Some Of Us Are Brave exhibition, launched by exhibition producer and curator CasildART. The exhibition’s success inspired curator Sukai Eccleston to orchestrate a touring exhibition around the UK and the third edition of the show, which celebrates Black women’s creative expression. An inspiring art exhibition showcasing exclusively Black women’s work in Oxford until 27th March 2022. 95 Gloucester Green, OX1 2BU and the #WindowGalleries, Friars Entry OX1 2BY.
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Where to find Yvadney
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