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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Tracy Thorne takes Jamaican Art to London with an exhibition called “Big tings a gwaan down di street.” The show runs April 5 to 18 at The Old Print Works, Upper Gallery, Balsall Heath. It explores  Jamaican...

Grovesnor Galleries has morphed into an everything spot.

It has started a jazz series whose first concert was a big hit. The Grovesnor Cafe is doing brisk business and now has a Friday Night Wild Wings...

The City of Atlanta has selected Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson   to create a double life-size statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The statue sit in downtown Atlanta near two of its landmarks: the CNN Headquarters...

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