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Courtney A. Hogarth

Courtney A. Hogarth
Location
Beijing, China
Birthday
January 16
Title
Ph.D
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Courtney A. Hogarth holds a Ph.D. in Classical Chinese Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Hogarth is a graduate of Edna Manley College – School of Visual Arts, in Kingston, Jamaica. He came to China out of a profound interest in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, to pursue studies in Classical Chinese Painting, Chinese Philosophy and Culture. He endeavours to exercise respect for the wisdom and traditions of the people with whom he co-inhabits the earth. It is out of the desire to interpret and share what he feels as an individual that Hogarth creates, utilizing visual imagery and the written word. Hogarth’s paintings have been exhibited at the China National Art Museum, National Gallery of Jamaica, Sunshine Museum, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Grosvenor Galleries, Revolution Galleries and the Jamaica Tourist Board. In 2004 he curated his first solo exhibition in Jamaica. Titled ‘Spirit of The brush – Courtney Hogarth Looks at China’ it presented the Jamaican audience with ink paintings inspired by life in China. In 2006 Hogarth, along with four Chinese artists, created an exhibition titled ‘Cocoon’ at the newly established Jamaican Embassy in Beijing. In celebration of 35 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China, Hogarth curated and participated in an exhibition titled ‘Journeys’ in November 2007. In his native Jamaica, he has been the subject of several newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television programmes. Hogarth has a unique interest in the literary world, writes poetry and prose dealing with the human condition, celebrating life, and questioning our journey as a nomadic race in the quest to find love and belonging. In 1994 he entered an essay competition sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). His entry titled: “Youth and the Struggle for Social and Economic Development in Latin America and the Caribbean” was awarded first place, qualifying him Jamaica’s representative to an international youth forum held in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1995. Additionally, he has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships, among them: the C.L. Stuart Award for Academic Excellence, the Mutual Life Foundation Scholarship, the Chinese Overseas Scholarship and the Distinguished Foreign Scholar’s Scholarship from the Government of China. In February 2009, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, invited Hogarth to deliver the inaugural lecture of the newly established Confucius Institute. Here he spoke on: “Language, Learning and the Future”. In China, Hogarth’s work has been reviewed on China Central Television (CCTV 9), China Education Television (CETV), included in exhibitions of the Central Academy, and published in ‘Configuration Multiply’ by Professor Hu Ming Zhe, of the Central Academy, in which she described his drawings as “…a seeming tropical breeze…” Additionally, his paintings are to be found in private collections in several countries and have also been collected by the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, the Jamaican Embassy in China, and the Ministry of Education, Jamaica. Over the course of several summers Hogarth designed and taught drawing courses at the Edna Manley College – School of Visual Arts. In 2009 Hogarth was invited to deliver a series of lectures on “Jamaican Art” at the Beijing Institute of Education. One of his guiding philosophies is that the breadth of the world equals the individual’s mental space. Hogarth believes that artists ought to contribute to the creation of an environment allowing for visual interpretation to be accorded to dreams and ideas. This will, in turn, dictate how as creative individuals we communicate our visions to humanity – adding strength and impetus to that universal impulse seeking to forge a more harmonious, habitable environment.

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OCTOBER 6, 2011 11:54PM

Memory of Poetry & Dreams

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By Dr. Du Juemin

Child, a child... Hailing from distant Jamaica, a land unknown to me, read an ink painting from China, and the charm of ink stirred his soul. Years later, during a doctoral dissertation defence at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, a Jamaican called ‘Mountain Child’ (Courtney A. Hogarth) convinced a panel of professors, employing a refreshing style of Chinese Ink Painting and his dissertation, written in Chinese.

Child, a child, with unblemished vision is reading this living, breathing world. And with pieces of paper has recorded this life’s experience. Gazing out into the world, what unravels to the sight? Is it white clouds under the sun or treacherous currents under the mountains? Is it the soaring bird or desolate cry under the sound of bullets? Is it some distorted black shadow or pure perfection? Upon these pieces of paper marked with memories of life, how much serenity and helplessness can we comprehend? Faced with these pieces of paper, breathlessly, with sincerity of heart, I listen to those whispered narratives emerging thence.

Here there are no deep drumbeats, no hastened footsteps or vibratos, no sound of stirring wind or susurrus of tree leaves. Fallen leaves on the creek, centre of swirling water with floating pine needles, unable to reach the blue ocean, and Jamaica, isle of homeland, saturated with water, sinks away in the hazy morning mist, without a sigh.

He dwells in his poetry, resting even more in his dreams, using ink and paper, employing a devout inner-heart and an imperceptible personal belief, he uses an even deeper, more concentrated ink mingled with his emotions to weave countless poetic dreamscapes. In these pristine dreams and poetry there are drops and oozes of thought laid down at will, pieces of re-arranged calligraphy, deep scars left by lash of lines, limitless wounds beyond time and space, unhurried music beating at heart and soul, and more than all, beneath bright memory moon, a longing for the native place. The honest melancholy behind that vision, deep history of the old country – sad, shrill sound of the gun and that indignation amplified above gunshots; And behind the glimmer of the expression in that eye, how many sorrows forever inexplicable …
A thread of ink-spirit, marked by waterlines, derived from stirred emotions, with refreshing voice penetrates you, penetrates your heart and soul, permanently residing in your inextricable memories.

Child, a child, named after the mountains, employing trend of poetic thoughts, in a state of dream, allows you entry into that long, voiceless state – sinking into memory!

Central Academy of Fine Arts
May 10, 2009

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