Bahamian artist to present painting to Pope Francis

© Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Genre : Cultural projects
Contact details Dionne Benjamin-Smith
Principal country concerned : Column : Fine arts
Release/publication date : 2014
Published on : 23/03/2014
Source : Dionne Benjamin-Smith

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Mike Oldfield (shown in photo at left) of Tubular Bells fame met with Jamaal Rolle, the Celebrity Artist (shown in photo at right) who has painted Pope Francis. When admiring the life-like painting Oldfield remarked that it was absolutely splendid and described 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 Oldfield are in motion 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 Oldfield who made a financial contribution to assist Rolle with his trip to Rome.

Jamaal Rolle, along with his publicist, Azaleta Ishmael-Newry are scheduled to present the life-like oil painting to Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 26, 2014.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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