JIS News

Jamaican born artist Patrick Raikes on Wednesday (Aug.9) presented one of his signature pieces of ceramic tile artwork to High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Gail Mathurin, at a short ceremony at her London-based office.
The piece entitled ‘Lovewelan’ was done in honour of Jamaica’s 43-year anniversary of Independence and depicts the Jamaican flag. He told JIS News, that the artwork was an expression of his love for Jamaica.Born in 1960 amid the beautiful Blue Mountain range of Sunninghill, St. Thomas, Raikes was only two-years old when his family migrated to England in 1962.
He completed his education at Brockley County Grammar School in 1972 but he had no clear career in mind. He spent a number of years working in the civil service and local authorities, but said that the bureaucracy and inefficiencies in these establishments disillusioned him.
The eldest of five siblings, Raikes showed an affinity for painting and wallpapering and in 2000, he took up decorating full time, with tiling as one of his specialities. Raikes said the idea of using ceramic tiles as wall art came to him in 2002.
“The aim was to create unusual, contemporary and tactile work to stand out and complement interior designs”, he said, noting that he was inspired by the composition of the earth, stones, glass, cement and marble, which he uses to create his art.
Under the name ‘Strata Ceramic Art’, Raikes produces striking pieces for homeowners, developers, designers, restaurateurs, architects, offices and clubs.
His work, which has been described as ‘ethnic’, has been featured in three exhibitions this year and the High Commissioner first saw his work at an exhibition at the West Norwood Library in South London. Raikes’ pieces are currently on display at the Limelight Gallery in Lewisham.