Jamaican Artists

Born Mallica Reynolds in 1911 in St. Catherine, Kapo is one of Jamaica’s iconic talents. He used the name Kapo from the age of 12 after having what he described as a religious experience. At 16 he had a religious vision and became a preacher. He... read more
Carl Abrahams (1913-2005) called himself the ‘father of Jamaican art.” He was the first Jamaican born artist to independently document Jamaica’s atmosphere. Abrahams had benign origins; as a student at Calabar College, he made doodles of his... read more
Born in New York in 1929, Susan Alexander’s parents  saw her potential early and encouraged formal trained. She studied at the Pratt Institute, the all-female Skidmore College, and later spent a year at l’école des Beaux-Arts in Switzerland... read more
Shawn Ashman attended the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2005, and since then has developed art-related goods and services. Shawn produces fine art and mixed media pieces using acrylic on canvas and board as her main... read more
In an era when pottery was still regarded as a lesser art form Cecil Baugh was a pioneer in educating Jamaican art lovers and gaining their respect for its fine art status. Cecil Baugh first developed an interest in clay making and ceramics as a... read more
Born in Scotland, Valerie Bloomfield studied in Glasgow and moved to Jamaica as a young artist. She began to exhibit regularly in group exhibitions and quickly established a name for herself because of her unerring sense of realism and ability to... read more
As an influential artist as well as the Chief Curator (Director Emeritus) of the National Gallery of Jamaica, David Boxer has had a significant impact on Jamaica's art and its artists. He has consciously steered Jamaican art in new directions.... read more

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Fibre artist and illustrator Lisa Davis has created a line of colouring books, dolls and other products for girls of colour under her company The Craft People. She tells JIS News: “Representation matters, and in...

Jamaican director Isabella Issa’s short film Yellow Girl and Me has been racking up several awards at the Black Film Festival of New Orleans, getting Best Director, Best Writer, Best Film and Best Actress....

 

Works by late Jamaican artist Peter Dean Rickards are now on display at The Third Line art gallery in Dubai. Titled The Afflicted Yard, the survey exhibition looks at Rickards's works,...

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