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Musician Praises Local Artist’S Work Ahead Of Vatican Visit

Mike Oldfield with artist Jamaal Rolle and his painting of Pope Francis. (Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry)

Mike Oldfield with artist Jamaal Rolle and his painting of Pope Francis. (Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry)

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame met with Jamaal Rolle, the Celebrity Artist and Tribune cartoonist, who has painted Pope Francis for his upcoming visit to the Vatican. 

While admiring the painting, Mr Oldfield remarked that it was absolutely splendid and described Mr Rolle as a very gifted artist, with a responsibility to share that gift with others and to make an impact. 

Future collaborations between the Celebrity Artist and the English musician to develop the talents of other young Bahamians who are gifted but who do not have the necessary resources or support are on the drawing board.

“There are so many kids who have a gift and never get to nurture it,” said Mr Oldfield, who made a financial contribution to assist Mr Rolle with his trip to Rome.

Mr Rolle, with his publicist Azaleta Ishmael-Newry, are scheduled to present the life-like oil painting to Pope Francis at the Vatican this Wednesday.

Comments

TheObjectiveVoice 3 years ago

The guy is just absolutely phenomenal! What an awesome gifttttt!!! Congratulations Jamaal Rolle

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TalRussell 3 years ago

A quiet needs set over da much too political pulpit of Myles. Message direct from da Vatican to the Tribune's most talented "Cartoonist and Celebrity Artist" Comrade Jamaal. The Papal office in Rome would prefer, if you would cut to the quick and really make Preacherman Myles day, by sending your original painting of Comrade Pope Francis, directly over to church of da Peacherman's, cause many of us are convinced, Myles pulpit has officially declared a special Sunday freedom zone to launch his avalanche campaign to cause PM Christie to be axing he most capable Crown Minister Freddy. Your good christian act would be much appreciated by all da respective "non political pulpits" of Jesus Churches across we God loving Bahamaland.

Amen!

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javiebenz 3 years ago

Dammm, you're good ole boy, ya make me proud to be bahamain

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birdiestrachan 3 years ago

Wonderful I just love to see our Bahamian Young men doing well. May the God who gave you such a beautiful gift ,continue to bless you and keep you.

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TalRussell 3 years ago

He sure does make us proud and the good Lord knows we need be reminded of all that's good with our young Bahamalander's and among the many who have chosen to call our Islands their permanent or temporary home. Comrade Jammal your painting style brings back the wonderful, so sweet memories of the times I was privileged to have sat and gazed in awe as my good friend and one of the "unsung" great portrait artists of all times in Bahamaland, Homer Williams captured a prime minister Pindling or other Bahamalander onto his blank canvas. You too have now given us but a glimpse of all that is waiting to be shared from your artistic theater of the mind. Please share your great gifts with our school children while they're outlook on life are still impressionable, by positive Comrades such as yourself.

God Bless and may you be with us for many years to come.

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