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MEET LENNOX COKE

Lennox Coke was  born on August 14, 1970 in Thornton St Elizabeth Jamaica ,  the youngest of six children, both his parents were farmers,  but  young Coke early started showing his creativeness, he later stated it was  art that found him ; “can’t remember when drawing wasn’t a daily spouse of expression,  I was always creating items such as toys and comic books, in school my peers depends on my creativity to produce the next super-hero , cartoon, comic , class project etc.” ; ..He was even referred to by the name “artist” by family and friends, after completing his secondary education  Lennox came to Kingston, while waiting on response from application letters he send to colleges with the hope of studying machines engineering which he had started at secondary level, Coke’s got employment in a  interior decorating and  furniture establishment  , he quickly learned the skills and  became a capable cabinet maker he later learned  to do antique restoration . It was here that the boss  saw his artistic potential and encouraged him to pursue studies in art after seeing some of his graffiti. It was only then that Lennox realized that his  creative passion  could actualized in a viable career choice

Lennox Coke in his Home Studio

He shifted gears and headed to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and performing arts as the first step to fulfill the new “Dream”, Coke  carpentry skill which was learned earlier became rather useful , as he was able to make painting easels which he then sold  to this class mate, a welcoming financial  assistance that  took care of needy  art supplies and  class projects, After finish studying Coke once again seek  employment  he works in  printerys, Antique shops etc, but none bring him satisfaction , He turned to the one thing that makes him fulfill ‘art,’  launching his career as an artist with a do or die focused, Lennox pulled from his core experiences growing up in rural  Jamaica  ,capturing day to day life’s of ordinary foes which readily have his work been notice by art lovers and curators.  he started  participates in exhibitions  Jamaica and overseas , he exhibit in Trinidad and Tobago, Washington D.C, New York City, Toronto , Barbados among others,  He is also a frequent participant in local calendar events : Caribbean Gift & craft, liguanea art auction, Mandeville art show, liguanea art festival etc. 

Lennox Coke has a deep and abiding commitment to the portrayal of Jamaican culture and lifestyle through his art,  His artistic offerings are snippets of Jamaican life which he provides to the viewer as a way to experience the real Jamaica and its people.

He had the distinction of providing the cover images for books, such as The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies’ by Andrea Elizabeth Shaw  , The Archipelagos of Sound : by Ifeona Fulani. But his 2016 dance hall session piece that was created for yellow pages phone book covers as immediately increases Coke status  after the work  became controversial when a church lobby group called “The Jamaica Coalition for Healthy Society” deems the image offensive and spreading wrong values. This split public opinions and conversation rage on for weeks earning  Coke unlimited popularity locally and overseas, Over the years Lennox has garnered many awards from entries to the national festival of arts competition, his paintings can be found in the Bank of Jamaica Collection, other commercial banks, insurance company,  doctors offices, private  collection of art connoisseurs  local and  international far as Australia, south Africa, The support of patrons over the years has motivated this artist to greater heights.

Check his work LENNOX COKE ART

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