Thursday 20 February, 2020

Trini artist to be featured in Hong Kong exhibition

Warner's work was selected for the 2017 Limited Art Edition ahead of Art Basel Hong Kong this year. 

The exhibition is funded by the Davidoff Art Initiative (DAI), which supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organisations, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world.  

Art Basel stages the world's premier Modern and contemporary art fairs, staged annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. A driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in nurturing the careers of their artists, Art Basel frequently expands its platforms to include the newest developments in the visual arts

Art Basel's fifth edition in Hong Kong will feature 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories, as well as a new sector, Kabinett. This year's show features 29 new galleries and half of the galleries showing overall have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia Pacific region. The show takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Warner's work explores interpersonal relations by employing digital media and photography, creating unique patterns and projections. His efforts toward the third Limited Art Edition utilise pixels, culling from the same natural patterns—water, soil, air, leaves—that weave through Davidoff’s handcrafted products.

“This exploration of how an image on the surface can effect the perception of an object is the focus of my work now, and where I believe I find a visual uniqueness,” says Warner, reflecting on his approach to the Davidoff Limited Art Edition. “I enjoy the universality of this exploration, as the viewer is not asked to be familiar with any specific cultural references in order to access the work.”

In addition to the third Limited Art Edition, Davidoff will present in Hong Kong the black version of the new Masterpiece Humidor Damajagua in its lounge at Art Basel. Conceived as an ode to Davidoff’s Caribbean terroir and inspired by the lushly forested Damajagua region in northwestern Dominican Republic, the Masterpiece is created by renowned French marquetry artist Rose Saneuil.

The end result reflects Davidoff’s commitment to excellence and craftsmanship in its products, its collaborative spirit with artists, as well as its deep connection to and love of its fertile Caribbean home.

Likewise, the Caribbean features significantly in the Art Basel 47 Yearbook, which includes a text by independent curator and writer Natasha Ginwala, excerpted from the DAI‘s recently published monograph Sea Is History – Caribbean Experience in Contemporary Art. Both the Art Basel 47 Yearbook and Sea Is History will be available in the Davidoff Lounge.

The DAI brings opportunity and visibility to the art and culture of the wider Caribbean region, including the Dominican Republic, where much of Davidoff’s production and many of the employees are based, and extending the company’s long-standing commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community and quality.

The Davidoff Art Initiative’s four global program areas are: Art Residency, Art Dialogues, Art Grants, and Art Editions. For more information, please visit


(Photo: True Talk No Lie)

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