Davidoff has a long history of commissioning notable artists to create special editions.
Within the scope of the Davidoff Art Initiative, Davidoff invites contemporary artists from all over the world to create unique works of art that complement its products or its brand. Essentially, this initiative provides important creative voices emerging from the Caribbean a global platform.
Part of the proceeds from these exclusive editions are dedicated to the Davidoff Art Initiative.
Rodell Warner is a photographer and graphic designer from Trinidad and Tobago whose works assume various forms in a process of exploration and rediscovery. He harnesses facets of new media, digital media and photography, creating unique patterns and projections that have become key characteristics in some aspects of his artistic production. Through his digital creations, Warner participates within a global framework of discourse about the nature of digital possibilities and brings unseen aspects of nature into view. How we see, think, and interact are brought into question as Warner seeks to reveal what is already there.
His work has been exhibited in South Africa, U.S.A. U.K., Trinidad, Barbados, Canada, Jamaica and Aruba.
Presently, this period of work focuses on the notion of observation. The methods utilize combine contemporary digital media techniques as well as traditional mediums to create works that encourage rethinking and reevaluation of what one sees. “This exploration of how an image on the surface can affect the perception of an object is the focus of my work now, and where I believe I find a visual uniqueness.” says Warner
Creating the Limited Art Edition
“I enjoy the universality of this exploration, as the viewer is not asked to be familiar with any specific cultural references in order to access the work.” states Warner. This project started by creating a collage of patterns using found images of flora and fauna, especially those native to the Caribbean region. This was then transformed into one singular digital three-dimensional object. Deconstructions of this 3D object from varying angles, produced novel and innovative aspects of nature and in turn produced a puzzle like effect from which to build the final image. The natural world re-imaged and reformed is the result of this exploration.
The Davidoff Art Initiative unveils the second Davidoff Limited Art Edition in the Collectors Lounge in Art Basel, featuring a specially commissioned video work, “from many sides”, by Jamaican-French artist Olivia McGilchrist.
The Limited Art Edition 2016 will be produced in an edition of 7,000 and will include the digital work of video art on carrier media. A highly limited run of Collectors Editions is also being released. These will include one of sixteen numbered editions of the commissioned video, a unique still image from the video, and a signed certificate by the artist.
Olivia McGilchrist’s work is rooted in a Caribbean-centered, multi-media art practice. By interweaving moving images and sounds, the artist suffuses the natural world with new meanings and colors that capture profound narratives about the history of the Caribbean. “from many sides” utilizes digitized renderings to create an immersive, multi- sensory experience that blends landscapes, cultures, stories and people of the Caribbean region and highlights the rich heritage of the region through a variety of content unique to local experiences, reworked and presented as an interactive work of art.
The Davidoff Art Initiative was designed to build more visibility and recognition for art and artists in the Caribbean. In addition to offering residencies and grants, the DAI produced the first Limited Art Edition in 2014 to help garner appreciation for Caribbean art.
Since 2012, Davidoff has been an Associate Partner of Art Basel in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. During each show, Davidoff operates a hospitality lounge in the Collectors Lounge, offering guests an opportunity to experience the brand and where you can learn more about the Davidoff Art Initiative.
Quisqueya Henríquez is the first Caribbean artist to create a series of artworks for the limited art edition.
In addition, Quisqueya was invited to create a highly limited run of fifty Collectors Edition boxed sets, which include the special edition box, as well as an original artist’s print from the series of images developed for the project. The artist created two limited art editions boxes and fifty unique prints special for the Collector’s Edition.