Jamaican Visual Artist Maia Chung Awarded, Promises To Deliver Second Solo Exhibition For This December

State Culture Minister Alando Terrelonge, at the launch of the country’s visual arts exhibition on Thursday July 21, 2022, to be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) in Downtown Kingston Jamaica (l) beside him Maia Chung Jamaican Visual Artist the two were examining the skill and talent of the artists chosen for the exhibit.
It has been a rough time for artists globally,  for visual artists especially… around the world.
 
So says Jamaican visual artist  Maia Chung.
 
Maia Chung in an interview with 876411ja, indicated that when Jamaica locked down in 2020,  it affected her mental health. 
 
“It affected me badly. I became depressed. I couldn’t paint.”
 
According to her, she said she was not  even able to tap into the place where, “the art comes from”.
 
Between 2020 to 2021 stationed in Jamaica as she was; due to Covid 19… Chung said all she could manage to do was experiment with her art. Maia Chung is self taught artist.
 
Her experiments included use of new paint applicators, surfaces and much more.
 
Chung who began a successful art career in 2016, has had a great start to her art life.
 
She has a solo exhibition behind her, has had her work recognised globally as: good, for purchase by collectors and credible enough to be at a  national and global  exhibition standard… in countries such as Italy, Japan, South America and the United States of America.
 
This week the Government of Jamaica, through its Cultural arm the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) awarded Miss Chung with a bronze medal for painting. The medal awards, given out in all areas within the JCDC’s cultural competitions are the highest form of  honour and recognition.
 
A gold, silver and bronze award can mean significant pluses, especially for the Jamaican visual artist. Lending both provenance and brand building to visual artists at the national level.
 
Chung’s work was recognised by the Commision, for art excellence in various mediums, on Thursday July 21, 2022.
 
“This is a big deal for me as an artist,” Chung said. Adding, “outside of it putting us in pantheon of the nation’s best…it is inspiring me to push my work, which I have not been doing”.
 
The works are judged by Jamaica’s Master Artists in various mediums.
 
This year world renowned Chief Judge was photographic artist Donnette Zacca.
 
She  indicated that of the over six hundred works reviewed, the judging panel noted, the quality of works received  for 2022 was excellent.
 
The ceremony, was the soft launch of the exhibition of the awarded works.
 
The exhibition is slated  to run until December 2022.
  
Alando Terrelonge Member of Parliament and State Minister in the Minister of Culture,  indicated at the launch  that he felt Covid 19, helped Jamaican artists bring out their capabilities.
 
Minister Terrelonge officially declared the exhibition open on Thursday July 21, 2022.
 
He said further: They , the Jamaican artists, used what was happening, meaning the fallout from Covid 19, and they immersed themselves in their work.
 
Terrelonge added that the creative sector is a multi-trillion dollaŕ business globally, which the nation’s artists have to move towards, to help their careers and the GDP  of Jamaica.
  
He indicated that via his Ministry visual artists would not fall by the wayside, as the Culture Ministry has no intention of letting Jamaican culture fade.
 
Chung has confirmed she will be staging her second solo exhibition this year in December 2022.
  
The JCDC can be called at 876 925
5726-8 for details.

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