Arts Calendar

Dec. 14 - Jan. 18The Public Trust presents LORD BLAKELY | PORTRAITS OF A NINJA
The Public Trust
2919-C Commerce St
Dallas, TX

The Public Trust, is pleased to present Portraits of a Ninja, an exhibition of new work by Portland-based artist, Lord Blakely (AKA Blakely Dadson). Blakely Dadson returns to The Public Trust for his second solo exhibition with the gallery. Portraits of a Ninja, is comprised of 5 mixed media works on paper and a collection of small scale drawings featuring the embattled Dancehall Reggae DJ, Ninjaman. Reggae themes and subject matter have been woven into the rich narratives of Dadson's work throughout his career, but this body of work focuses entirely on this controversial figure, and in its process, challenges the tenets of portraiture. Ninjaman is a master of self-presentation, and the arrogant bravado and lyricism that makes a Dancehall DJ. As a legend of the genre, folklore surrounds him as a figure, and therefore beckons the question of what is truth and what is fiction. Dadson mirrors this through his process, which started with a series of ink wash drawings on paper. These drawings were scanned and digitally manipulated and collaged with other drawn and photographic elements. The pieces were then subsequently reproduced as chromira prints, that the artist then hand painted with an airbrush, utilizing vintage photo retouching techniques, along with impasto applications of acrylic paint. The final result is a series of trompe l'oeil images where the blurred line between digital and analog is as seamless as the fables of the Ninjaman. For information: 214.760.7170 or







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