Zyandric Jones is a gifted young artist who is passionate about his work. His favourite mediums are graphite and ink and many people are familiar with the amazingly detailed drawings, especially portraits, which he has shown at various art shows. One piece in particular that has always stayed in my mind is his very poignant drawing of Mother Theresa. His skills actually include many other mediums, such as video editing, figure drawing, 3-D modality and animation, Photoshop and sculpting as well as painting. He enjoys combining all mediums in one piece .
As a young lad, trying to find outlets for his budding artistic skills, he found himself in all sorts of trouble both at home and at school. He remembers at the age of four years at home drawing and scribbling on walls. At St. Francis de Sales Primary School he drew not only on his books but also on his desks.
“I just couldn’t help myself,” he says. Father Stan, Priest of St. Francis de Sales School at that time, was a very gifted artist and his oil paintings fascinated and inspired Zyandric.
Another person to whom Zyandric owes his inspiration is his art teacher at Central Abaco High School, Cavelle McDonald, who he said really pushed and helped him. After graduating from school, Zyandric worked for a while in the family construction business. However, his passion for art was always there and so he decided to attend the College of The Bahamas.
He entered the architecture programme but lasted only two days in that.
“To get to the architecture department I had to pass the pottery room and I knew the minute I saw that, that it was what I wanted to do so I immediately switched majors. I then studied pottery, figure drawing, figure painting, art history and ceramics plus 3D installation and 2D design for the next two years.”
A surprise email from his high school art teacher, Ms. McDonald, who had by then returned to her home in Canada, informed Zyandric of an international competition on Vancouver Island which was offering a full scholarship. Zyandric entered and out of 600 applicants, he placed first with a girl from Turkey second and a student from China third.
However, after travelling all the way to Vancouver, Zyandric was informed that the Institute had gone bankrupt. The Vancouver Film School, which is the largest film school on the west coast of Canada, fortunately stepped up to the plate and offered to take him and honour his scholarship.
While at this prestigious film school, Zyandric studied video editing, 3D modality, animation, Photoshop, figure drawing and sculpting and is amazed at how much he learned. Some of his best memories are of meeting Oscar Award winners for visual effects and animation directors.
Zyandric graduated in 2006 and after working once more in construction he joined 3D Signs and Imaging in Marsh Harbour. He began as a junior designer learning the basics of professional graphic design and left in 2010 as Assistant Designer next to proprietor Desmond Bootle. He then went into freelance graphic design and photography producing traditional and digital art pieces.
Most of Zyandric’s days are taken up with graphic design of flyers, posters, CD covers, book covers, business cards and stationary. He also does glamour, landscape and nature photography much of which is commissioned and a lot of video work consisting of creative videos, music videos and short films. Even with this busy workload he still finds time for plenty of painting and drawing. Two of his latest works can be seen in the BTC offices in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay where he was commissioned to adorn the walls with two large murals.
Another recent endeavour has been participation in the Public Treasury’s Nurturing Brotherhood Programme in Nassau. This was an island wide programme in which artists were asked to mentor high school students and produce a piece of work for the show held in the Treasury Building. Zyandric mentored Antoine Edmund from Central Abaco High School for four weeks during which time they produced a mixed media piece. He has also given small lectures to the BGCSE class.
Zyandric’s work is presently entered in the Annual Central Bank Art Competition and the Fash Art show in Nassau which features fashion and visual arts. His work will also be featured in the All Amateur Art Exhibition at the National Art Gallery where he recently delivered a drawing workshop.
Local shows in which Zyandric displays his work include the Abaco Inn Art Show, Abaco Cancer Society Art and Craft Show and the Bahamas National Trust’s Art for the Parks. Some of his work is on sale at the Java coffee shop in Marsh Harbour.
Zyandric is currently working on a series of paintings, mixed media pieces and drawings for his own show next year.