Liverpool artwork of the week 33. ‘Nathan’s Animal’ by Anthony Jadunath at Novas CUC 29 August – 5 October 2008
Just one example of over 130 paintings by Anthony Jadunath in his ‘View from the Outside’ exhibition. An excellent show, I really enjoyed it. Very affordable too, the works are selling well.
Anthony uses a hot poker (pyro) to burn the outlines into the wood before paintings and varnishing, most works have quite intricate borders too.
Anthony Jadunath was born in Trinidad in 1945, his father died whilst serving in the Navy, he arrived with his mother on English shores aged nine. Abused by his stepfather, Jadunath’s behaviour became destructive culminating in stints in several institutions.
Feeling at rock bottom at the tender age of fifteen, Jadunath took an overdose and as a result was confined to a psychiatric hospital. This was when he started to see art as a release, and because of his progress it was recommended that Jadunath returned home where he continued to make artwork. At the age of 22 he took part in his first exhibition at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, South London.
He became more involved in the arts working with children by helping them to paint at the Barbican Centre and at the People’s Gallery. With a small grant from Croydon Council he was able to take an etching course at Croydon Art School where his talent was seen and ultimately shown to Victor Musgrave, the founder of London’s Outsider Archive. As a result of this act of fate over twenty works of his were housed in the Outsider Archive collection.
In 2002 Jadunath was admitted into hospital with a gangrenous toe, but without his foreknowledge, his leg was amputated and he found himself confined to a wheelchair. In 2007 Jadunath got gangrene in his other leg and again, the limb had to be amputated. Although now severely disabled Jadunath continues to work hard, and his small apartment is filled full of his emotive works.
Novas are now working very closely with Jadunath and are taking a keen interest in his work by giving him the freedom he needs to express himself to a world that has often dealt him rough justice.