Coyaba solo art exhibition, Edinburgh, Dec 2006 - Jan 2007

April 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Following the success of her Roots exhibition in the Autumn of 2006, Lois Cordelia presented a show of portraits and cut-paper designs inspired by Africa, Jamaica and the Rastafarian spiritual tradition, at the Coyaba Jamaican Restaurant, Edinburgh, from December 2006 until January 2007.

The Wailers Trio - Bunny, Bob and PeterThe Wailers Trio - Bunny, Bob and PeterMedium: Acrylic on board.

Dimensions: Approximately A1. 841 x 594 mm

Date: Autumn 2006

The three founding members of the reggae band, The Wailers. From left to right: Bunny (“Wailer”) Livingston (born 1947), Robert Nesta Marley (1945-1981) and Peter McIntosh (1944-1987). Both as a group and as individuals, the Wailers were pioneering reggae artists who helped to spread the Rastafarian ideology through their music. The colours of the painting are inspired by the Ethiopian tricolour flag, which often symbolises the Rasta tradition.

Price: £SOLD. In a private collection in Sweden.

Burning SpearBurning SpearMedium: Acrylic on board.

Dimensions: Approximately A2. 594 x 420 mm.

Date: Autumn 2006

Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician Winston Rodney (born 1948), better known as Burning Spear. In this painting, I was especially interested in the lighting effects. Completed in about one hour.

Price: £100

Peter ToshPeter ToshMedium: Pastel on mid-tone paper.

Dimensions: Approximately A3. 420 x 297 mm

Date: May 2005

Peter Tosh (1944-87) was a close friend and colleague of Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley (1945-81). Together with Bunny Wailer (born 1947), they formed the pioneering group The Wailers. Of this trio, Tosh was perhaps the most sombre, reflective and intense. He seems to capture the spirit of the biblical Sampson, the dreadlocked Nazirite whose mighty strength lay in his long hair. Like Sampson, Tosh was a formidable foe to his enemies, aptly nicknamed the 'Stepping Razor'. Tosh was brutally murdered during a burglary at his home on September 11 1987. Loosely based on a photograph.

Price: Not for sale.

Rita MarleyRita MarleyMedium: Acrylic on board.

Dimensions: Approximately A2. 594 x 420 mm.

Date: Autumn 2006

Based on a black and white photograph. Rita Marley (born 1946) is a Jamaican reggae singer, widow of reggae legend Bob Marley (died 1981), and a member of the I Threes (Bob Marley's backing vocals group) along with Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.

Price: £SOLD. In a private collection in Woodbridge, England.


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