Serenity and Struggle
As the title of the show implies, Serenity and Struggle by artist Dana-Marie Bullock captures the juxtaposition of the states of tranquility and inner peace, and chaos, and conflict. Although these states are opposite in nature, one can experience both multiple times within a very brief period of time. Within the context of social justice or the lack thereof, each abstract painting focuses on one of these two states through the lens of recent societal events.
Dana-Marie Bullock (b. Jamaica 1989) is an abstract painter that has resided in New York City since 2016. Shaped by her fulfilling, yet often raw, experiences as a social worker in Jamaica, Bullock’s art is rooted in autobiography, social injustice and unconstrained imagination..
In 2013, Bullock graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Social Work from The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where she subsequently worked as a social worker for various inner-city outreach programs, a support center for adolescent mothers and an environmental health organization. Prior to moving to New York City, Bullock worked as a college lecturer in the same field. In 2019, Bullock, as a recipient of the Norma Adler Scholarship, completed the Four-Year Certificate Program in Fine Arts Painting at The Art Students League of New York primarily under the tutelage of accomplished abstract painter Ronnie Landfield.
Bullock has received multiple awards (including “Best in Show”) at various group exhibitions in New York City, along with media coverage in both the United States and Jamaica. In July 2019, Bullock exhibited at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Most recently, Bullock’s work “The Price of Social Justice” was unveiled at the 21 Piece Salute Exhibition that ran until June 19th, 2021 at the Black Wall Street Gallery in New York City. Some of her works remain on display at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in Jamaica and The Conference Board in New York City.