Born in 1989, Jamaican-born, abstract painter Dana-Marie Bullock has resided since 2016 in New York City, which serves as her artistic base.
Shaped by her fulfilling, yet often raw, experiences as a social worker in Jamaica, Bullock’s art is rooted in autobiography, social injustice and unconstrained imagination. Her abstract, larger-scale paintings leverage multiple media and comprise an interpretive blend of blurred scribbles and amorphous forms overlaid with a broad array of bold colors and textures. Her paintings represent a modern take on art that explores a myriad of emotions, and targets societal issues such as racial and gender inequality – subjects that society tends to shy away from.
Ultimately, Bullock aims to surface the inherent tension between chaos and order, as well as empathy and callousness, whilst inspiring viewers to develop their own interpretations.
As a case in point, some may view the disjointed female body parts in her works as an embodiment of the steady drip of oppression faced by females in society, with their bold eyes suggestive of not only fear and pain, but also society’s negligence in addressing these issues.
Bullock has received multiple awards at various shows in New York City, along with media coverage in both the United States and Jamaica. In 2019, Bullock exhibited at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and one of her works remains on display at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in Jamaica. Her work The Price of Social Justice was unveiled in 2021 at the Black Wall Street Gallery‘s 21 Piece Salute Exhibition in New York City. Most recently, Bullock’s works were on display at two solo exhibitions in New York City, the WNBA New York Liberty's See Black Women Exhibition at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and Mashonda Tifrere's Art Genesis: The Beginning Of Legacy Exhibition in Los Angeles.