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LOCAL ARTIST GIFTS PAINTING TO DAMIAN MARLEY AT ASW
Friday 12th May 2017

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, May 12, 2017 – When artist Naydene Gonnella set out last year to paint the portrait of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, she never imagined that one day his son, Damian Marley, would receive the artwork as a gift.

Gonnella presented the painting to the younger Marley before he hit the stage to entertain thousands of people gathered at Nelson’s Dockyard for Antigua Sailing Week’s Reggae in the Park that was held on Tuesday May 2, 2017.  The art piece stood 4-½ft by 6ft and served as a decorative backdrop in Marley’s backstage dressing room.

“I was so delighted to be able to give Damian Marley one of my paintings of his father as an extra special thank you from Antigua Sailing Week,” Gonnella said. “He walked in and just said ‘wow.’ He was quite sweet when I gave it to him. He kept saying, ‘I get to keep this.’ He was extremely gracious and grateful for the gesture.”

Gonnella has been painting portraits of the older Marley for years. She is a long-time fan of Bob Marley’s music. His artistry and forward-thinking lyrics that conveyed messages of love and unity still inspire her work today.

In creating the artwork, she combined mixed media, vibrant pops of colour, layers, and collages. Within the painting, she also embedded symbols and messages that are only revealed when viewed up close. Messages she hopes his youngest son appreciates.

“In Bob, I painted an image of a door in his neck,” Gonnella said. “In his hair there is a handmade copper-leaf paper of a lamb that I made to symbolize innocence. He died young and unfortunately was taken away too soon. I embedded some of his song lyrics in his hair; I hid the lyrics of ‘one love’ slightly on the bottom of the work; and embedded details around his eyes.”

The artist, who took months to paint her latest tribute portrait of Bob Marley, is delighted that the artwork will soon hang in his son’s studio in Miami bringing it all full circle.

The expressionistic style painting of Bob Marley is part of Gonnella’s Pop-Phiz collection, which debut in December 2016 at the Copper and Lumber Hotel in English Harbour. It features a series of portraits of talented celebrities who have left an extraordinary mark in their respective fields.


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