KAMIESHA GARBADAWALA
b. 1977 Westmoreland, Jamaica. Lives and works in New York City.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I am inspired by color, and the infinite ways it can be used to convey emotion. I like to choose bold hues, and work with heavy body acrylic paint and palette knives to create dense layering, texture and depth–an uninhibited approach with an imperfect look. My work is inspired by my daily life amid the backdrop of New York City, motherhood with the joys and chaos it brings, and the collective influence of my life experiences. It was suffering through personal trauma and loss that drove my need to express myself creatively, ultimately evolving into my art.

BIOGRAPHY
Kamiesha graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1999, earning a BBA degree in Fashion Marketing. After starting her career at Polo Ralph Lauren, Kamiesha began exploring her artistic sensitivities through designing luxury handbags. In 2005, she launched her own company, Alric Suba LLC, which debuted at Barneys New York and was carried in stores globally. Continuing to refine her use of color, pattern and texture, in 2008 she joined renowned retailer Henri Bendel to develop its private label handbags and accessories business. Most recently, after starting a family, Kamiesha incorporated her years of artistic experience into painting, where her passion has flourished.

One of Kamiesha’s early works, Eden, representing a new beginning, was chosen as a regional semi-finalist piece for the 2016 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. While continuing to produce her art, Kamiesha looks forward to the opportunity to showcase her work more broadly.

Kamiesha was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, and currently lives and works in New York City with her husband and two children. Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States.

EDUCATION


2000 – 2002
Master of Arts Candidate in Visual Culture/Costume History, New York University, New York, NY

1995 – 1999
BBA Fashion Marketing, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017
New York, NY.  School of Visual Arts, Painting & Mixed Media Summer Residency Open Studio, July 6

New York, NY.  Sonia Gechtoff Gallery/National Academy Museum, Creative Mischief, May 18 – June 13

2016
New York, NY.  Rush Galleries, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Semi-Finalist Jury Show, November 9 – November 18

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES


2017
Artist-in-Residence: Painting & Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

4th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Eden, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 in. www.artslant.com

5th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Eight, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in. www.artslant.com

6th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Nightfall2017, Acrylic on canvas, 31 x 50 in. www.artslant.com