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Jonathan Guy Gladding

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Woodwork Instructor

St Lucia
 
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The Monday Star Online
www.stluciastar.com, 22 Mar 2004 [cached]
Jonathan Gladding (left)
The best thing that ever happened to Jonathan Gladding was being sent to the Caribbean.He had been living in New York City, working as a computer artist for Sesame Street while trying to squeeze in his own art on weekends and evenings.Feeling the need to expand his horizons, Jonathan applied to be a US Peace Corps volunteer and in July 1999 Jonathan came to St Lucia as a woodwork instructor at a Laborie primary school.
The pride in heritage and Creole culture combined with a sense of community and responsibility toward one another deeply impressed him and gave new direction to his work.He felt that realism was best suited to communicate and paint the feelings and ideas that he wanted to share and to tell a story in details, whether it's about the warmth and spirit of the people, or something as simple as the way in which the reflected light colors the edge of a child's face.
In January 2003 Jonathan was chosen as the artist of the month by The Artist's Magazine the world's leading magazine for serious active artists with a circulation of over 200,000.
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Jonathan has donated the proceeds from three of his paintings to the ECHOLAB (Environmental Cultural Heritage Organization of Laborie).
The most recent exhibit at the ...
www.trinidadexpress.com, 18 May 2011 [cached]
The most recent exhibit at the Horizons Art Gallery, Mucurapo Road, St James showcased the work of St Lucian based artist, Jonathan Guy-Gladding, an American who has been living on that island since 1999. His paintings, oils on canvass and linen, explored various aspects of life in St Lucia with many of the 44 pieces focusing on schoolchildren.
In the United States Guy-Gladding worked as a computer artist on the production team of the popular children's television programme, Sesame Street. He tried to find time to do his own art projects after working hours as well as on weekends, but it seemed that he always had to rush his painting for which there seemed never enough time to get done.
Even when he had more time to himself, Guy-Gladding felt that there was nothing around him to inspire him artistically. Living in the city of New York began to become increasingly claustrophobic for him and he decided to join the Peace Corps in the hope a change in location and lifestyle would do him well. He was posted in the village of Laborie in St Lucia where he was to teach woodwork.
"I found there an unending ending supply of rich subject matter in the faces and postures of the uniformed schoolchildren, the people going about their daily lives, and the traditional cultural aspects that make St. Lucia such a wonderful and distinctive place. The pride in heritage and Kwéyòl culture combined with a sense of community and responsibility toward one another deeply impressed me and gave direction to my work," Guy-Gladding wrote in his artist's statement for the exhibition.
Initially posted for two years in St Lucia, it's been over a decade since Guy-Gladding arrived to the island, which has become his home. This was not his first exhibition here and he has also had several successful showings in St Lucia as well as in Missouri, Massachusetts and England among other places. Guy-Gladding has also won a number of awards in the United States and St Lucia for his work.
Jonathan Guy Gladding says ...
www.htsstlucia.com, 26 Feb 2010 [cached]
Jonathan Guy Gladding says being sent to the Caribbean in 1999 was probably the best thing that ever happened to him. He had been living in New York City working as a computer artist for Sesame Street while trying to squeeze in his own art on evenings and weekends. He believes that even if he had more time, what he was lacking most was inspiration. That is what he found in St. Lucia.
Chartal Prescott of the Inner Gallery says the work of the artist will be displayed at the Inner Gallery until 20th March. Gladding joined the Peace Corp and was sent to St. Lucia in 1999. He served as a woodwork instructor in the village of Laborie where he says he found an unending supply of rich subject matter in the faces and postures of the uniformed schoolchildren, the people going about their daily lives, and the traditional cultural aspects that make St. Lucia such a wonderful and distinctive place.
Online Gallery - Jonathan Gladding
www.campbellsoflondon.co.uk, 30 Nov 2009 [cached]
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Jonathan Gladding Feeling ...
www.socanews.com [cached]
Jonathan Gladding Feeling the need to expand his horizons and take on a new challenge, Jonathan Gladding joined the Peace Corps, and was stationed in St Lucia...
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