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   Chungknight

"Whether it is figurative work or imaginery compositions, my focus is always on starting dialogues that simultaneously explore the immense scope of our world and how its varied parts fit together."

Chungknight was pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at Howard University in Washington DC in 1997, when he first decided to explore the field of sculpture. After completing just one elective course--and receiving special recognition for his first piece of sculpture in the 66th Annual Art Student Exhibition--the head of the Sculpture department encouraged him to transfer to the Fine Art department. Even though Chungknight had recently been awarded an American Institute of Architects scholarship for professional degree candidates, and was excelling in his architectural studies, his passion for sculpture was kindled. So he decided to change direction and pursue a major in sculpture and for all the years that he was enrolled in this area of study he secured the 1st place Sculpture Award in the Annual Art Student Exhibitions. Also while a student, his talent and potential were noticed beyond the campus and his work appeared in several shows, in one case being included among the ranks of the renowned Jamaican artist Albert Huie.

Following the completion of his Bachelor of Fine Art degree, Chungknight was selected by Professional Restoration Inc. to assist with a high profile project in Washington, DC. Working closely with Reinaldo Lopez, Chungknight helped to restore the four majestic lion statues guarding the famous William H. Taft Memorial Bridge. Lopez a Spanish stone carver, sculptor, and master restoration specialist, who studied independently under some of Europe's most renowned sculptors including Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti was a great source of knowledge and inspiration for the then recent graduate who would remember the experience and use the technical skills he gained for years to come. On returning to Jamaica in the summer of 2000, Chungknight began to set up his studio. While sourcing materials, he visited the Sculpture department at the Edna Manley School of Art. His ability to relate to the students, together with the strength of his portfolio, made a strong impression on the head of the Sculpture department who paved the way for him to be invited to join the staff at the college. Chungknight subsequently served as a part-time lecturer until he was appointed Assistant Director. From January 2005 until July 2008, Chungknight helped to oversee the final years of the implementation of several degree programmes; the reorganization of the Foundation year programme of which he was head, and several extra-curricular projects. Although he was known as a dedicated and effective teacher, who played an important role in implementing significant academic and social changes at the School, the young artist turned administrator decided to end his teaching career in 2008 so that he could refocus his energies on his one true love: sculpture which he had put on hold to meet his numerous duties.

Chungknight's "#3" Chungknight's "Of The Royal Line"

Between 2001 and 2007 Chungknight had also juggled his professional activities with his commitments of being a member of the Rastafarian community, School of Vision. He had always been fascinated by this belief system but his communal experience galvanized his belief that this approach to life had a power that was a beacon to humanity. Not only did this dynamic social movement have a universal icon such as Bob Marley to sell its vision but it additionally had a popular appeal that allowed it to naturally take root throughout the world. 

Even though the Rasta image had intermittently been featured in Chungknight’s work, only after his personal experience as a Rasta has his work become primarily focused on this cultural phenomenon. As a result, he has had to adapt his traditional modeling techniques to better capture the physical characteristics of his dreadlocked subjects, and would like to feel that he has started to rethink the notion of the “Rasta man” in Jamaican art.

Simultaneously while withdrawing from his teaching activities, Chungknight also made the decision to also pull back from his involvement in School of Vision because trying to rekindle his sculptural skills and push the work forward after seven years of sculptural silence proved to be an all consuming effort. He however stays in contact with the Leader and close members of the community. Among the galleries where Chungknight’s work has appeared in juried, invitational and open shows are the following: in the U.S. – Black History Museum and Cultural Centre of Virginia, The Manhattan Laundry Project, ZEMI Gallery , 505 Gallery, and The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; in Jamaica -- The National Gallery of Jamaica, The Mutual Life Gallery, and The Cag[e] Gallery. His works are also held in private collections in the U.S. and Jamaica and have also been featured in several print sources among which are the Jamaican Gleaner and the magazine ‘The Jamaican.’

  

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