Over the past few years, pre-Covid, Dwayne took part in several exhibitions including Art4Grenfell in November 2017 curated by FerArts in response to the Grenfell Tower fire as well as FerArts’ Art Takeover in August 2017, where some of his work was sold and the proceeds donated to support Grenfell survivors. In July 2018, Dwayne was asked by the Wireless Festival to create a mural live: you can see the ‘making of’ video on this page . It was an open brief, to respond to the festival, the music and the location in Finsbury Park. It is mesmerising to watch the train and the portrait emerge from the canvas and notice their intricate details.
Being part of a creative community of artists is an important source of inspiration and support for Dwayne. Instagram is a useful tool for inspiration, to feel connected to other artists from around the world and to witness their different and unique styles. But on the other hand, Dwayne says he doesn't like how the Instagram algorithm has changed to favour influencers and bloggers rather than artists. So, to avoid getting caught up with social media, he takes regular breaks in order to work on new pieces. Peers such as Vijay, who supported Dwayne when creating the Wireless Festival mural, Nester and Danny have been important creative sparring partners for Dwayne, providing guidance and support, as well as helping him refine his ideas and reach their full potential. With them, Dwayne feels he can discuss a range of business and artistic issues: from how to market yourself, to how much to charge for an artwork to how to add specific features to a piece.
With restrictions easing, Dwayne hopes that this will lead to more group exhibitions, which are great to inspire creativity and provide networking opportunities, and in time a solo show. But for now, he’s hard at work finishing his floral pointillism series, Subdued, an example of which is shown above, which will be presented in an exhibition at Cass Art in Hampstead, from 24th May – 13th June. Well worth making a visit on a sunny weekend.
Mural by Dwayne Brimah for the 2018 Wireless Festival