St Lu­cian Sculp­tor Mak­ing Waves In­ter­na­tion­ally

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FEATURE - By Kayra Wil­liams

St Lu­cian sculp­tor Jal­lim Eu­dovic has been a pop­u­lar face in art gal­leries around the world in re­cent times. Jal­lim re­turned to the island re­cently from Lon­don, where he par­tic­i­pated in an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion that is be­ing hosted by the Zari Gallery. He will soon head to Mi­ami where he will show­case his work at a show en­ti­tled ‘The Art of Black’. This week, the STAR sat down with Jal­lim who shared with us the root of his in­spi­ra­tion, and his plans for the fu­ture.

How long have you been a sculp­tor, and what do you love about it?

Jal­lim: I’ve dab­bled in the full ga­mut of cre­ativ­ity as far back as mem­ory al­lows but vac­il­lat­ing more in­tensely be­tween sculp­ture and sketch/ paint­ing. How­ever, sculpt­ing proved to be my first love be­cause I liked the way it en­gaged more of the senses and in­volved the ma­nip­u­la­tion of form and pre­sented it­self in real three di­men­sional, tac­tile, space. Be­ing a three di­men­sional be­ing my­self that has al­ways and still ap­peals to me im­mensely.

Did sculpt­ing come nat­u­rally to you?

Jal­lim: It helped that my fa­ther (Vin­cent Eu­dovic) was an ac­claimed sculp­tor who poured knowl­edge into any­one who was se­ri­ously in­tent on learn­ing, but I think that I’ve al­ways had a nat­u­ral call­ing to cre­ate. I have very early mem­o­ries of striv­ing to el­e­vate my draw­ings be­yond the stick fig­ures of my peers. Per­haps it was in the blood, but it took a lot of com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to de­velop.

How have your skills changed or im­proved over the years?

Jal­lim: Leaps and bounds in my tech­ni­cal ap­proach. I’ve in­creas­ingly be­come a mixed me­dia artist and have seen my­self work­ing con­fi­dently with ma­te­ri­als that I once could only dream of. My style has be­come very con­tem­po­rary. I’ve evolved philo­soph­i­cally and have also adopted a more tren­chant nar­ra­tive.

Where have you last ex­hib­ited?

Jal­lim: I’m cur­rently show­ing solo at the Zari Gallery in Lon­don and the ex­hi­bi­tion is still on­go­ing and will be un­til the end of De­cem­ber. The ex­hi­bi­tion is called “Kaiso” and fea­tures sculp­tures from my lat­est BLOCKS col­lec­tion. This is a huge deal for me be­cause I’ve en­tered the main­stream Euro­pean art mar­ket and have been re­ceiv­ing phe­nom­e­nal ex­po­sure and very good re­views from art afi­ciona­dos, prom­i­nent col­lec­tors and the like. It’s been a mar­velous ex­pe­ri­ence that has in­creased my net­work, brand and value in the world’s sec­ond largest art mar­ket, the first be­ing New York.

What are some of the up­com­ing things hap­pen­ing for you in the near fu­ture?

Jal­lim: I’m on my way to the Mi­ami Art Basel, where I will be ex­hibit­ing in a show called The Art of Black. I will also be rep­re­sent­ing the Caribbean on a con­tem­po­rary art Panel dis­cus­sion whilst there. The Mi­ami Art Basel is the world’s most prom­i­nent art fair and at­tracts celebri­ties, art en­thu­si­asts and col­lec­tors from across the globe. It has al­ways been a dream of mine to be se­lected to ex­hibit there one day. I’ve also been se­lected by a very well es­tab­lished art gallery in Chelsea, New York, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, for an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled “Post Colo­nial” show­ing in late spring 2017. There I will be show­ing an­other seg­ment of my BLOCKS col­lec­tion.

What is the most valu­able thing you’ve learnt so far on your jour­ney?

Jal­lim: I’ll share two! Hav­ing the right at­ti­tude is more im­por­tant than one’s ap­ti­tude be­cause strong con­nec­tions are made on a very personal and spir­i­tual level. Most suc­cess­ful peo­ple out there made it through sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion, blood and sweat and they rec­og­nize and con­nect to like­minded peo­ple. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions alone will only get you so far. Se­condly, self -de­ter­mi­na­tion and self­ac­tu­al­iza­tion is key, know­ing who you are and your lim­it­less po­ten­tial. Like James Allen once said, the world steps aside for the man (or woman) who knows where they’re go­ing. What are some other ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing with you? Jal­lim: I’m also work­ing on a jewelry project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with famed UK medal and jewelry maker Worces­ter­shire Medal ser­vice. This is a spin off from the royal wed­ding gift I made for the wed­ding of prince William and duchess Kate back in 2012, which caught the eye of the queen’s main medal maker, it has since blos­somed into a beau­ti­ful part­ner­ship be­tween his com­pany and my­self. We will be in­tro­duc­ing our first prod­uct for sale in St. Lu­cia in the first quar­ter of next year and will make sub­stan­tial do­na­tions to a lo­cal char­ity that we’ve both se­lected.

Ad­vice for fel­low ar­ti­sans fol­low­ing their pas­sion?

Jal­lim: Stay the course. It takes time to de­velop any­thing that’s go­ing to pay off and art is no dif­fer­ent. It’s a won­der­ful vo­ca­tion but if you’re go­ing to make art your business then you got to treat it like one and be pro­fes­sional about it. The art world is ex­tremely multi-tiered and multi-faceted so it pays to know on which level you want to suc­ceed and do­ing what. Knowl­edge of your mar­ket is key. Your out­look should be global if you truly want to make an im­pact, don’t limit your­self to what ob­tains lo­cally, we ex­ist in a global com­mu­nity and have all that is re­quired to suc­ceed there, mat­ters not our size. To see more of Jal­lim’s work, visit his web­site on www.jal­limeu­dovic.com

St Lu­cian scup­tor Jal­lim Eu­dovic will soon fea­ture his work at the Mi­ami Art Basel as part of his in­ter­na­tional show­ings for 2016.

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