Jamaican Artists

Gene Pearson’s influence on the making of ceramics in Jamaica is staggering. His stylised ceramic heads have become his trademark and their haunting profiles have influenced many potters and painters locally and abroad. Trained at the Jamaica School... read more
Born in 1960, Keith Piper first exhibited in 1981 as a member of the BLK Art Group, an association of black British art students, mostly based in the West Midlands region of the UK. In a series of exhibitions entitled 'The Pan African Connection',... read more
David Pottinger was one of Jamaica’s pioneer painters. His interest in art dated back to the days when volunteer art classes were held at the Institute of Jamaica for the sake of developing artists with a Jamaican vision. In the seventy-odd years... read more
Omari Ra has maintained the ‘enfant terrible ‘ image acquired at the Jamaica School of Art, even though it is nearly twenty years since he graduated. Back then, he was known to his fellow students as ‘African’ a pseudonym perfectly suited to his... read more
In his earliest years at the Jamaica School of Art, Kalfani Ra’s work was viewed as radical and progressive.  In those days  ‘Dougy’ (as he was then called) had a reputation for  being unconventional and  for constantly... read more
Givanni Red is a story teller much as she is a photographer. Her pictures are insightful, provocative tales about the way that she sees people and life. Givanni Red’s ability to distort reality combined a with her rigourous technical skills provide... read more
Zawdi Reece is a painter in a truly modernist sense. He combines lush, pigment ridden brushstrokes with satirical subject matter that calls to mind the work of Belgian expressionist James Ensor. And similarly, Reece’s paintings are angst ridden... read more

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Admission to the National Gallery of Jamaica is free every Saturday in July and August from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition to current exhibitions, the Gallery has several permanent collections on...

This fall the Swiss will get a chance to see the work of five Jamaican artists in Geneva. The exhibition will be hosted by Expérience Jamaïque Gallery, an organisation working to bring Jamaican art to Europe, in...

Jamaican artist and sculptor, Nakazzi Hutchinson, will showcase her glass and ceramic masks and sculptures at the Zari Gallery, in London from July 4 – 19. While she has previously exhibited in the Caribbean, USA and...

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