Tuff Gong: Bob Marley

Jason O'Brien
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  • Available as a 24x24 inch giclee on paper or a 48x48 inch giclee on canvas.
  • Limited edition. Edition size of 500 pieces (paper) or 20 (canvas).
  • Ships signed and numbered and with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
  • Available on paper or canvas.
  • Pays tribute to the life and legacy of Bob Marley.

Bob Marley, the iconic Jamaican musician and activist known worldwide for his soul-stirring reggae music, was affectionately referred to as 'Tuff Gong'. This unique nickname has its roots in Marley's early life in Trenchtown, a neighborhood in Kingston, Jamaica. Known for his resilience and strength, Marley's street-fighting skills earned him the moniker 'Tuff Gong'. The term 'Tuff' stands as a testament to his toughness and unyielding spirit, while 'Gong' is a reference to 'Gong Gong Gorilla', another nickname he had, hinting at his strong and fearless nature. This nickname later became the brand name for several businesses started by Marley and his family, including his recording label, Tuff Gong International, further immortalizing his legacy.

Artist Statement: "Bob Marley earned the title "Tuff Gong" for his fierceness as a street-fighter. 'Gong' was also the nickname of the early Rastafarian leader Leonard Howell. The nickname's significance was further reinforced by the fact that in some Rasta settlements it is customary for a convert to the Rastafarian culture to strike a gong hanging at the entranceway to announce their first step into the fold."

Limited edition. Ships signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Available as a giclee on paper (24x24 inches - edition size of 500pcs) or a giclee on canvas (48x48 inches - edition size of 20pcs). 

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Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

Toronto-based artist Jason O'Brien believes that life is his canvas and art, his imprint. Drawing inspiration from the vastness of the human spirit, his work seeks to celebrate it as an unchained, powerful moment in time. His creative process is a journey of self-discovery, exploring layers of emotion and meaning. His art is not just a visual experience but an intimate dialogue with the viewer, inviting them into his world and leading them on a personal journey of their own. It is rooted in human emotion, with the power to touch viewers in profoundly unexpected ways. Embracing the unknown, O'Brien sees art as his sixth sense, a tool for deciphering, interpreting, and manifesting his thoughts and feelings. Through his work, he aims to leave a lasting imprint on his audience.

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