The Davidoff Art Initiative (DAI) is pleased to name Rodell Warner (b. 1986, Trinidad and Tobago) as the artist behind the 2017 Limited Art Edition, ahead of Davidoff’s return to Art Basel in Hong Kong this month. The Trinidadian artist explores interpersonal relations by employing digital media and photography, creating unique patterns and projections. His efforts toward the third Limited Art Edition utilize 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.
About the Davidoff Art Initiative
The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. It 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 davidoffartinitiative.com.