Gallery OCA announce ANTHONY DALEY: CORPOREALITY, an exhibition of recent paintings by the critically acclaimed British artist, Anthony Daley. ANTHONY DALEY: CORPOREALITY also marks the inaugural physical exhibition by Gallery OCA, a gallery established by Sherece Rainford to support, promote and showcase the work of artists of Caribbean heritage.
Gallery OCA founder and Gallerist Sherece Rainford
The exhibition will run from Tuesday 7 – Sunday 12 December 2021 at Cromwell Place in the heart of London in South Kensington. It marks the start of a year of programming from this emerging new gallery.
Anthony Daley (b.1960 – British artist originally from Jamaica) creates luminous colour saturated paintings with brooding colours and tender lighting. Dedicated to telling the story of Caribbean artists, founder Sherece Rainford has set her sights on drawing people into a new way of discovering and learning about art of the islands.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Daley started showing his strong art aptitude from an early age and emerged into the limelight at the age of 23 in 1983 when he was selected by David Hepher as the first artist to be exhibited for Flowers Gallery’s Artist of the day show.
“The Caribbean is being recognised as a site of shared histories and a space that has contributed vastly to the cultures of the world. The fact that The Tate has a dedicated exhibition celebrating Caribbean art is reflective of a new acknowledgement by the art world of these great artists.” Gallery OCA founder and Gallerist Sherece Rainford said.
“While the UK continues to develop initiatives to present its complex relationship with the Caribbean, there has yet to be an initiative that seeks to financially support individuals of Caribbean descent working within the cultural sector. Gallery OCA will provide a centre for transnational art sales within this area. It is vital that a stable base and network is developed to promote and support these artists who are currently unrepresented.”
Gallery OCA will contribute to rectifying injustices for Black artists that exist within the cultural sector, focusing on those of Caribbean descent. These issues relate not only to visibility within exhibition spaces, but also within the art market, where Caribbean artists are not receiving adequate support or representation.
The art market attracts high spending tourists to the UK: according to the British Art Market Foundation, cultural tourism as a whole generates expenditure of £11.6 billion which supports 270,000 jobs. Gallery OCA will contribute to the democratization of these opportunities, which will ultimately benefit all members of society: contributing to enhanced social mobility and acting as an inspiration to other future initiatives.
It also seeks to be a safe space for individuals to learn more about investing in art, creating a practice often found outside of the Black communities as a way of building generational wealth.
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