Dominican artist hosts first solo exhibition

Sadrach Burton is hosting his first solo exhibition
Sadrach Burton is hosting his first solo exhibition

Shadrach Burton, Dominican artist and scholar has debuted his first solo art exhibition at The Loft, in Newtown, dubbed “SHADI @ THE LOFT.”

Burton, 29, started collecting and producing art by age nine, after being inspired by his father’s own artistic abilities.

“I think my father first inspired me to do art because I saw him when I was really young… he used to paint every day. I would see him painting and I would think ‘I want to paint’,” he told Dominica News Online on Thursday.

By the age of 12, Burton had already started selling his own artwork and being mentored by famous local artists such as Earl Etienne and Ellingsworth Moses.

He credits his success to his family and supporters.

“I think my family, and also the people I’ve met along the way, and also just my teachers in school, but it’s just about being more disciplined and working hard,” he explained. “I think my family instilled that in me from a very young age that you have to work hard for whatever you want, and my teachers in school would also be encouraging me to work hard, and to be productive.”

Having recently earned his Master’s Degree in Art, the artist advised the youth to “stay motivated” and focus on their goals.

“Once you put hard work in, once you’re determined—you don’t expect it to happen overnight, you know? You have to be at it, and you have to stay motivated, and keep doing it over time.”

In 2015, Burton represented Dominica in a video, “Art Warning the World,” a global movement for the protection of freedom, featuring 202 artists from 202 countries. The video has garnered over 11 million views on Vimeo.

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13 Comments

  1. Tiffany B-Biscombe
    January 25, 2016

    It is great exhibition and I’d like to encourage people to come down and check out the show. The Loft is located in Newtown, opposite the Newtown Savannah in front of Sukie’s Gas Station. This full show will be on display till 29th January. Art & Jazz our monthly event will begin at The Loft on January 30th from 7pm. We will be showcasing other young artists including Shadrach and many others, writers will be reading some of their work, poets will be reciting their poetry, also the band 8th Note will be performing.
    Due to the fact that I would like to encourage more viewers to see Shadrach’s work. The Gallery section of The Loft will still have his work on display till February till the 2nd Art & Jazz event February 27th. It is important to keep the creative inspired. Please come along and support. You will enjoy it. Congratulations to Shadrach!!!

  2. Christopher
    January 25, 2016

    very good

  3. January 25, 2016

    Jah glory and strength King in your continuity in self reliance and positivity. Stay bless.

  4. Duominikeren Laowai
    January 25, 2016

    This is awesome work Shadrach! Keep inspiring others for greatness.

  5. tru d bino q la
    January 23, 2016

    Mr.Burton, you have my emotional support and may be at some point in time that, may be translated into other forms of support.

  6. Dominican woman
    January 23, 2016

    Good work. It is such a delightful feeling to see a young man in such a positive occupation.Congrats and every success.

  7. January 23, 2016

    rasta yute big up yourself

  8. Lyn
    January 23, 2016

    Way to go famileh. Congratulations!!

  9. MONEY
    January 22, 2016

    Great work my brother…..true talent.

  10. January 22, 2016

    Many people like to paint but few have the imagination and creativity that is evident in this young man, Sadrach Burton.

    Added to these qualities Mr. Burton had the dedication to spend the time in front of the canvases.

    Inspired by his father, and mentored by local artists, he shows the ability and willingness to learn from others.

    I appreciate how Sadrach Burton has shared the practices that have contributed to his own success for the benefits of other young people because these are things that can be applied in any field of endeavour.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  11. country woman
    January 22, 2016

    Great work young man, all the best.

  12. UDOHREADYET
    January 22, 2016

    That’s a very good idea!!

  13. Bless with Talent
    January 22, 2016

    Congratulations Shadrach! Wishing you all the best. Blessings to you and your family. You are talented.

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