From July 26 – 30th
Andy Ballentine, born William Ballentine on October 2, 1977, grew up primarily in St. Catherine, Jamaica. While attending Spanish Town High School in the 1990s, he began art in earnest and entered the art scene professionally in 2000. He attended Edna Manley School of Performing and Visual Arts from 2000-2001. He has since exhibited in over a hundred group exhibitions in Jamaica and six solo exhibitions. His trademark work, the careful representation of Jamaican fruits, vegetables and landscapes can be found island wide in various resorts like Couples, in Ocho Rios and internationally as in the office of the Amabasador of Iceland.
In 2007, his alma mater, Spanish Town High School awarded him for excellence in Visual Arts. Before that, he received first place for the St. Catherine Art Expo in 2003 and ranked in the top ten of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Visual Art national competition in 2002. He appeared on Television Jamaica’s Smile Jamaica morning show as the 2002 Young Professional’s Artist of the Week. In July 2009, Ballentine joined forces with Webster Campbell to showcase the real Jamaica through Campbell’s paintings of old houses and Ballentine’s paintings of Jamaican foods. In November 2009, he launched his bottle collection, featuring glass lamps with country sceneries painted on them. In December 2010, he showed with newcomer Alicia Brown at the Gallery Pegasus. He had his 10th anniversary art exhibition at Redbones in September 2011. To commemorate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebration, Ballentine hosted the “This is It” exhibition at Redbones in July 2012. July 2014 sees Andy return to Redbones with his exhibition, “Journey”.