Jamaican Artist

Leonard Daley


Born in Point Hill, St. Catherine in 1930, Daley began painting in the 1960s. Unfortunately, none of his works from this era have been preserved. His earliest surviving works are from 1979, when he first came to the attention of the Jamaican art world. His popularity peaked in 1987 when he was featured at the National Gallery’s Fifteen Intuitives exhibition. Thee were mixed feelings about his work, which engaged many visitors but which was labelled less than art by some.  Still, he later receive critical acclaim. Daley moved to Fidler Hill, St. Catherine, where he built a house that was a work of art in itself, covered with his own paintings and sculptures. He later relocated once more to Jack’s Hill, St. Andrew, where he died in 2006.