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.