b. 1977 Westmoreland, Jamaica. Lives and works in New York City.
Kamiesha Garbadawala’s work is an exploration of life experiences and conveyance of emotion through art. Turning personal trauma and loss into strength and power through self-examination, she forges impassioned compositions filled with complexity, nuance and gravity. Garbadawala employs paintbrush and palette knives on heavy body acrylic paint to create wide planes of color and broad strokes, the artist’s hand in an uninhibited performance, having found a conduit for expression within opaque layers gently smoothed over negative space.
Kamiesha Garbadawala (b. 1977, Westmoreland, Jamaica) is a New York City-based Abstract Expressionist and graduate of The Parsons School of Design. As a mother, wife and artist, Garbadawala explores the emotions which ebb and flow amidst a backdrop of New York City – turning to the canvas in search of the security found in a world that is created and controlled by her own hand.
The former accessories designer, for brands including Polo Ralph Lauren and Henri Bendel, launched a celebrated line of handbags with Barneys before she was compelled by a set of personal tragedies to begin anew. Her creative passion has reemerged and flourishes as the energetic and gestural works resulting from meditative, stream-of-consciousness painting.
Previously exhibited as a part of SVA’s Summer Residency and Open Studios, and Creative Mischief by the National Academy Museum, Garbadawala has garnered praise and awards from ArtSlant (Showcase Winner) as well as Bombay Sapphire (Artisan Series Semi-Finalist, “Eden”). She was recently selected for a solo exhibition in New York City to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and as a part of Arteponte’s group exhibition at SCOPE, during Miami Art Week 2017. Garbadawala is currently participating in Columbia University School of the Arts’ Summer Painting Intensive Program, and her work will be on view at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Chelsea from May 28th through June 11th, 2018.
May 2018 – June 2018
Summer Advanced Painting Intensive, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY
1995 – 1999
BBA Fashion Marketing, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
New York, NY. Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, Sugarcane, curated by Lori Robinson and Natasha Roberts, May 28 – June 11
New York, NY. Awakening, curated by Noah Phillips, September 12 – September 13
Miami, FL. SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair, December 5 – December 10
New York, NY. School of Visual Arts, SVA Painting & Mixed Media Summer Residency Open Studio, July 6
New York, NY. Sonia Gechtoff Gallery/National Academy Museum, Creative Mischief, May 18 – June 13
New York, NY. Rush Galleries, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Semi-Finalist, curated by Andre Guichard, November 9 – November 18
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
Artist-in-Residence: Painting & Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (multiple selections), www.artslant.com
• Unbodied, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 60”w x 72”h
• Nightfall, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 31”h x 50”w
• Eight, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 48”h x 36”w
• Eden, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 24”h x 18”w