Welcome to the art works of Jamahl Pollard, a site that is different from the rest. Friends have asked why I called the site 4Dart as it stands for 4th dimensional Art. Well I feel that my work comes straght from the heart, a journey in to the inner depths of the conscious and unconscious mind. I explore my interactions as a person with a disability in a main stream community.
Even though I am vision impaired (categorized) as legally blind), I am the creator of these works. With 6.4%, peripheral vision in my left eye and the right eye being artificial. I can see in great detail up to 30cm's away and after that I see only colourful shapes with little or no detail, depending on the size of the objects around me. The use of fairly strong reading glasses and sometimes a magnifying glass enables me to create the work. For most of my observations I use a monocular scope (half a binocular) to view things from a distance.
My eye condition is currently stable. I was meant to loose my eye sight at the age of 10, but don't know how but managed to defY the doctors predictions.
There is no quire for my eye condition and has not changed since about the age of 16.
So I do what I can to day as the next day I could be totaly blind.
I live for today.
My Coffee Table - My coffie table made from recycled timber.|
Grand West Cows No 2 - Commission for a insurance firm (Grand West) here in Adelaide, back in 07. Sold for $1000.|
Hill Top Observation - I hadn't done a landscape for quite some years and this is what came out.|
Me 4 - Working away, ejoying a winters day.|
Please remeber that all of the art works located on this site are original and not posters or prints. If you do like what you see then I advise you act quick as I have a tendency to either re-work or paint over an art work.
I'm going through the collection as you read this to see what I can work on. I can no longer afford to hold on to old works, because living on a disability pension means I have limited funds to purchase new materials all the time. Arts grant applications are good if it is approved.
If you are going to complain about the use of particle board as a painting surface I can't afford the good stuff any more.
If it is good enough for Margret Olley to use, it is good enough for me. Remember Margret sold her works for 20 thousand $$$$ each and up for her work.
I work outside on my art as it is easier to see what I am doing due to my vision loss. But if I have to I paint in the dinning area under a very strong desk lamp.
But at times this can pose some problems with color mixing and matching, resulting in some unwanted outmes or a nice suprise.
As you can see above I need a little help to create the work with the assistance of magnifyers and other adaptive technology I require to produce my work.
The adaptive technology I also use for reading and to assist in every day functioning. With out it I am unable to live an independnt life. I would not be able to catch the right bus, go shopping and the list goes on.
Sadly this technology comes with a high price tag, so I am unable to purchase all of the adaptive technology I require so I make do with just a few items to help me though the day.
Step 2 - This work in progress shows my adiction to speedway. Skyline Speedway ran in during the 1940's-60's at Heathfield in the Adelaide Hills.|
Stage 5 - Working on the continuation of the Swan and Water Lilly theme. Inspired by my first painting titled Swanning About.|
Out Back 3 - A revisited subject from an earlier painting that sold in 2006.|
Out Back 3 - A close up of the art work in progress during one of the many stages of development.|
Close up Right hand side - It's 100 years since the ANZAC's set foot on for the first time on the 25th of April 1915 at Galipoli. I've read many accounts of the herendous scrub fires were used to try and push each other off the beach.|
Stage 1 - New work in progress, Lilly & Swan. Here is the first stage for the background. One of my students also wanted to explore my concept of creating flowers in an abstract format. So here is the first instalment I did.|
Face to Face - This painting has now been painted over. Was offered for $100 in 2012|
My interest for the arts began from around the age of 4, mainly painting and drawing at kindergarten. Encouragement came form my ophthalmologist (eye specialist), who advised my parents that art classes would help develop my talent.
For many years to come art was there but not as a career and certainly attempted to btain a day job to be like the rest of society. But due to a nasty back injury and being vision impaired has not made it easy to secure meaningfull employment.
Art is often viewed as a way of copping out and not a career to persue. Well after spending more than $17000 on an education and a few career changes later I have still not been rewarded with decent employment. The discrimenation and denial of work has taken a heavy toll on my dignity, as I wanted to live a normal life, buy a house, get in to Uni, have a steady job and so on. But none of that has happend despite the effort I have contributed to getting to where I wanted to be.
Even though art has allways been there in bhe background it slowly began to emerg and speak to me like no other experiences I'd ever had. The more I ignored my art the more it pushed it's way into my life. It has saved my life too, as art became my therapy to deal with my dissopointments of not being able to obtain employment. I had become quite depressed and at times scuicidal over not fitting in with the rest of society.
Art is back now for good to aid in helping me come to terms with a society that can only focus on what us disabled can't do. So in a way my art shows people how to focus on what we can do. This is why I have pushed myself so hard to devlop a high quality and standard of work to demonstrate that a person with a disability can created a quality product.
My ealy school years are best left in the past. My life has been an up hill climb, full of people saysing "you can't do that, because your vision impaired."
So that has just made me want to work harder and achieve more for me. I stopped thinking about what others think a long time ago.
My other main passion in life is drums and percussion, which I have been playing since the age of eight. I have played in a variety of bands that have ranged from heavy rock/funk through to country music.
|jpg file: Me painting No 2 - This is my studio in the back yard.
I've never been able to purchase a home as renting sucks, I can only take what I can afford..|
Aged 10ish - Here I am at primary school using up some free time drawing.|
Suburban Nites - Group shot of the first serious band I was in. Played mainly clasic rock from the 50's to the 90's. I'm the one in the light grey jeans in the middle.|
Year 12 - Here I am working on an end of year 12 final assessment project.
I studied horses for a year and creat Samual the mythological horse. Mum now has this in pride of place in the hall way at their house.|
Opth Report of eye condition - here is an ophthalmologists report regarding the Technical side of how crap my eye sight is by an authorized medical professional |
Eye Condition - This is the closest image I could find that represents some similarities of my vision loss.
I do see color and only in detail up to 30cm's away then after that it's shapes and blobs with minamal detail.
Working on a project that provides a representation of what I can see.|
Training / Experience
|2001-2003||Diploma – Art Therapy|
Student, sales assistant
|1996||O’Halloran Institute of Tafe|
Certificate in Applied and
|1983-1990||Ruth Tuck Art Classes|
Studied water colours
Primary / secondary
Previous exhibitions joint and solo since 1997Port Adelaide Community Art CentreParks Community Centre Axis GalleryProspect Community Arts Centre.Port Noarlunga Community Arts Centre.Blackwood Rotary Club Art ExhibitionPort Adelaide Rotary Club Art ExhibitionVictor Harbor Rotary Club Art ExhibitionAvalon Art GalleryLion Arts Centre
No 300 Port Rd Hindmarsh
ART WORKS NOT RETURNED FROM,
The Gallery/Studio Cassili St Coonabarabran
New South Wales, Australia
ART works have been Exhibited at;
*Artistic License, No 48 Melbourne St North Adelaide, open Wed & Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs & Fri 10am-7pm & Sun 12-4pm, Ph; (0882670174 or www.artisticlicense.com.au
*Juxtapose Studiio, shop 6 Cinema Place Adelaide, open Wed to Sun 10:30am-2:30pm then 6pm till late or phone (08)82328278, www.juxtaposestudio.com.au
*Peter KT Knowles Ocularist Prostheses
226 Melbourne St
North Adelaide, South Australia
Related Activities since 1996 – Current
- Public Speaking
- Disability awareness
- Public painting demonstrations
Galleries / Community Centres
- Charity Auctions
Donated to the Royal Society for the Blind several art works.
- International Day for the Disabled
Exhibition / Auction
- Teaching visual arts
Private tuition/small groups – oils and acrylics
- Community Projects
- Guide Dogs SA group mentoring program for deaf/hearing impaired and blind and vision impaired youth.
Art Project communication and team building.
Attic room at my parents home.
- Art Therapist
Private practice, families, physical/mental health issues, relationships, suicide and personal development.
Assistant facilitator / guided meditation / Drumming
- Calibrated art projects with other artists
- Disability Arts Projects
Musical performer / arts discussion groups
Online auction page as part of my web site has been put on hold due to lack of funds.
I wanted to create the possibility where visiters to the site could bid on my art work direct. Ebay is okay for selling unwanted items around the home but not good for selling origninal art.
To produce the greated quality of work I like to produce pre sketchs for commissioned work to demonstrate lay out of the work.
Changes can be made and then comence completion of the final project. Vew above the paintings of the Lancaster Avro Mr 3 heavy bomber from WW2
Graphic images of WW1 - With all of my experience I want to one day put on an exhibition depicting the horrors of World War One. There world not be just visuals but thatrics and poetry readings and audio sound track of the battle field. Some thing people would never forget.|
|jpg file: Traedgy - Joint project between my ex-partners son and I. I did the background and he did most of the rest. .|
On The Way - One of the many paintings that sold at my first ever solo exhibition held at Port Adeladie Arts Centre back in 98.|
Ocean Glory - One of the many paintigs that sold at the Axis Gallery back in 98.|
Out Back - Private sale back in 06.|
Drummer Workshop 2 - Here I am jaming with a groovy Drummer from the Adelaide Hills at a workshop held at the the Parks Community Centre.|
Solo Exhibition in 03 - Opening night for my Solo Exhibition at Urban Cow Gallery and Studio in Frome st Adelaide.
Big night that was.|
Solo Exhibition in 98 - Opening night at my art Exhibition at at the Parks Community Centre.
Also had a drumming session to open up the night.|
Wild Blue Ocean - Idea came from an image I had seen and so adapted it for my own use. I have this one hanging in my bedroom, a great painting to wake up to early in the morning.|
Art Palete Mag - My work was displayed in the Artist Palete Magazine in May 2008, promoting emorging artists.
Sorry it is in Black and White as I don't have a copy of the Magazine.|
|jpg file: Lancaster color sketch - Color Sketch of an Avro Mr3 WW2 Bomber comissioned by an enthusiest of WWW2 aircraft.
The sketch gives an idea of the lay out of the final work..|
|jpg file: Landcaster - The final product of the commission. Quite alot of research went into this making the customer very happy..|
Varonic & Jamahl at Artistic Lisence - Varonica and my self looking though some current art work for 2010 to select works for consignment at Gallery, Artistic License |
Mary & Jamahl Juxtapose Studio - Mary and myself viewing some of my work to exhibit at Artistic License.|
Art Classes are Available
I am looking for students who are interested in learning how to create great art. Classes are available here in Berri (Riverland) S.A. Australia.
One to one tutoring or small groups are availablel in accrylic / oil painting and basic drawing and sclupture.
Learn how to mix and apply paint.
Tools and tricks of the trade.
Composition and subject matter.
Lighting and contrast.
How to use colours.
You choose the style;
Clasess are flexible and designed to incorperate you interets and prefered style.
I am a qualified Work Place Trainer and Assessor and Art Therapist. Have been teaching many forms of art for the last 10 years to all ages.
There is no age limit so come on and have a go.
Classes for one on one studies are $30 for 2 hours, consession $20 per session.
Location at artist studio here in Berri (Riverland) South Australia (Australia).
Bring your own materials.
Please send me an email or Ph;0414395340.
Lesson times are flexible
Let the creativeness begin.
Due to some of the responces from interested people here in Australia and over seas in regards to art classes on line, I am thinking of creating an art class DVD. This is only possible down the track, when I have sold a lot more paintings.
Winnged Woman No 2 - Paintted live from model, who was a red light district girl.
Fantasy 3 Exhi 07 - A group shot of my friends standing near my art work on the opening night.|
Stage 1 - The beginning stages of the 2nd in the series of horse paintings. I've been working on this oil painting out the front of a local Coffee Shop (Sprouts) on Willson St Berri SA (Austrlia) as part of my exhibition there.|
Stage 2 - Following stage.|
Prizes / Awards
1985; Townsend Primary School Art Prize for out standing artistic achievement.
1994; Woodville High school art prize for outstanding achievement under the SAS Education program
2002; The Dawn Slade Award for artists with a disability.
Funds went tto a solo art exhibition.
2010: The Richard Llewellin Arts Trust, for artists with a disability. Proceeds for materials costings for an art exhibition at the Loxton Terce Gallery in 2011.
2012; The Campbeltown Rotary Art Show, award for Artist with a Disability.
2012; The Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show. Award for artist with a disability.
2013; The Campbeltown Rotary Art Show. Award for artist with a disability.
213; The Royal Adelaide Show.
Award for Artist with special needs & award for encouragement.
2013; Loxton Royal Shw 2nd prize for Abstract.
2013; Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show, First Prize for Artist With a Disability.
2013; Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show, 2nd prize for Artist with a Disability.
I have been working towards developing a style that carries itself over the many areas of interest I dabble in. I am inspired by so many different things that it would be impossible to cram it in to one subject matter or style. From the Australian bush through to every day life and events, such as; books, films, architecture and music. I am inspired by other artists such as; Tim White, Jeffery Smart, James Gleeson, J.W. Waterhouse, Auguste Rodin, Danny Flynn, Australian Colonial art and Salvador Dali.
Through my art I look ate ways to express to the mainstream that us disabled are capable of doing things. So in my work I try to role back the public misconceptions towards disability. It is also an out let for me to deal with the discrimination I still encounter. Even with a wide range of qualifacations (Work Place Trainer Assessor/Art Therapist, I've had to stop applying for work as the frustration of not being able to drive has become too much.
Art is my therapy as I learn to heal and nurture my innerself.
Special thanks to an ex-girlfriend who wanted me to give up my art career to she could have me spend my $$$$ to support her life stlye. That only made me more passionate about my art as this is who I am.
Jetty - Earlly one morning I took the opportunity to visit the beach during heavy fog. I have an old carved wooden frame that could work with this idea!|
White-Cliffs-Of-Dover - Battle for the sky as Britain tried halt the German invasion.|
Richard Powers - American painter of the 1960's to 70's|
Frederick McCubbin - Australian painter of the mid 19 centure. Here shows the early settler making his home in the Australian bush.|
Dr Strange Love - One of the best comedies I've seen. Worth a look if you want a good lauph about the cold war.|
A good read - Highly recomed reading this one as it certainly helped me to create the painting of the same title located in my Surreal section of my Gallery.|
If you have any further enquires please email me.
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I'd like to thank you for investing time to browse through the life's works and journey of Jamahl Pollard.
REMEMBER I can't have a future with out your support as this site or at a gallery near you, as I am not sponsored by any major corporation, trying to sell you a throw away item in the end you throw away.
Holding Wise Love - This is an image I use for Birthday cards for those I know.
Thinking of creating a few more designs to sell at the local crystal shop.|