Grand Central showcases work of Birmingham based deaf artist Olivier Jamin
Grand Central is delighted to be supporting local deaf artist, Olivier Jamin, by showcasing his work. Olivier is a talented local contemporary artist who has been deaf since birth and has had a lifelong passion for the arts.
It is the unique nature of Olivier’s work which makes each piece so appealing. Olivier specialises in hand drawn multi-coloured art and creates stencil graffiti. Some of his hand drawn work uses different styles such as pen dotting or ‘tricking of the eye’ art so that people are drawn to spend more time viewing and interpreting the artwork. He combines this technique with inspiration drawn from his experiences of travelling to Europe, Kenya and India as well as his life experiences from being deaf.
Olivier’s passion for producing this work stems from his desire to both inspire people’s imaginations and increase awareness of deafness and disabilities. Olivier is constantly experimenting to find new ideas and concepts which is apparent by the uniqueness of each piece which he produces.
Olivier is supported by the “Grants for the Arts” which is an open access funding programme provided by the Arts Council England that supports a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. We are pleased that we have been able to share his work with our visitors and celebrate the great local talent which Birmingham has to offer.
Jonathan Cheetham, General Manager for Grand Central, said: “Partnering with Olivier Jamin was an easy decision for us. Whilst we are a shopping and dining destination, we’re still very much focused on investing in the people of our city. We have thousands of people passing through Grand Central each day, so we are thrilled to be able to provide Olivier with a magnificent platform to help build further awareness of his inspirational artwork.”
The installation of Olivier’s work has been completed with his pieces being available to view within the Management suite, on the approach to the Grand Central car park and also feature within the car park itself.
Intrigued by the meaning of his various pieces, Olivier took the time to describe the three pieces pictured above to us in more detail.
From left to right:
This image conjures the idea of people on their travels, whether that be, through Grand Central and onto another destination, or anywhere where there is the need to travel. If you look closely at the dots emanating from the footprints themselves, you may imagine these as soundscapes or vibrations, never interlocking, but flowing with ease alongside each other in harmony on the journey being taken.
You may wonder what the significance of the black background is to the green images. Black often symbolises Death, whilst green represents the idea that Mother Nature is walking the earth and offering a rebirth of life and movement.
This piece signifies the suggestion of affection in many ways. This could be the love between two people who may have travelled far and wide to meet at a particular destination. They may be family, friends, lovers and the warmth in the colours used within this piece are indicative of the warmth of affection shown between people who have not seen each other for a while. The colours demonstrate feelings and emotions of happiness and joy in looking forward to meeting up with one another whilst on their journey and when meeting up and sharing precious moments together.
‘Reach My Hands’
Can you see the hands represented here moving? They serve to remind us that hands are used automatically when greeting each other with a simple handshake for example. The hands are also used simultaneously by the deaf community as a means of communicating. A hand can be held out when someone is in need or falling, and a helping hand can come to the rescue and save. The colours used are most familiar within the caveman era centuries ago, when drawings were created on walls of brown, red and yellow. You can also see the ‘ghostly’ effect of the moving hands which present us with the idea of humans having a soul.
When we asked Olivier about his feelings about the project he said: “I am so pleased to have received funding from Arts Council England, and to have been chosen by Grand Central and blowUP media to showcase my work. It’s a dream come true to show my art to the public and to think it will be seen by thousands if not, millions of people as they pass through Birmingham is difficult to conceive. A special thanks to all the people who have supported me over the years”.
Olivier will be rotating his work throughout the year to showcase the many aspects of his designs. We wish Olivier our very best in his continued success and look forward to a long term partnership in supporting his work.
To find out more about Olivier’s artwork please visit: http://www.ojart.net/