Local artist from the Cayman Islands brings Darren Turner partnership to life for Department of Tour

United Kingdom 28 July 2020
Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Ahead of Aston Martin racing driver Darren Turner’s next 24-hour race at Nurburgring, Germany, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) has announced that they have enlisted the help of local artist Shane Aquârt, known as Dready, to bring their partnership with Darren to life.
The CIDOT announced at the beginning of this year that they are partnering with Darren Turner to promote the three idyllic Caribbean islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. In order to further enhance the partnership and support local Caymanian artists, the CIDOT approached Dready to create some artwork in his famous bright and whimsical style. The result is a striking static image (above), and a humorous motion graphic.
Widely regarded as one of the Cayman Islands’ most successful visual artists, Shane’s art uses bold blocks of colour and brings a humorous element to the familiarity of everyday life. His work is highly sought after and collected internationally with commissions having been completed for hotels, corporate offices, government buildings and projects, festivals, sports organisations, charity foundations and more. His art has been featured in group and solo shows since 2008, and a selection of his work is part of the permanent collection in the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI). Currently, his work can also be found in many public and private collections around the world.
Darren Turner said: “This is a cool piece of work as it illustrates the two extremes of my life, and two of my favourite things. You can't beat the feeling of racing at Le Mans, but after the race once the adrenaline drops, it's important to kick back and take a break to recharge. And after having visited earlier this year, I know that the Cayman Islands is a great place to do that!"
Adrian White, Regional Manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism London office, said: “Having Dready bring a true flavour of the Cayman Islands to our partnership with Darren has been very well-received! His vibrant use of colours and injection of humour make the partnership truly stand out, and it’s fantastic that we have been able to support local artists during lockdown.”
Artist Shane Aquârt said: “Everybody, and I mean everybody, tells me that Darren Turner is an awesome guy … And, and, and Darren drive’s for Aston Martin racing, and I have a fantasy car, and it’s a 1979 Aston Martin Oscar India ... In Chichester Blue! So, when I was asked by CIDOT to draw something for Darren, to draw Darren and his car, you can imagine the excitement.”

The CIDOT are also working with Shane on a number of other projects, which will be released in the coming months.
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