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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jamaican Art

Jamaica has some of the most talented artist. I feel that at lot of really good artist get overlooked because of the type of subject matter they choose to use as a form of expression. Take for example the "Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Which by the way has some of the most amazing architecture. Many of these graduates have created some wonderful artwork for Jamaica, but you seldom here about them when they leave to go abroad.

Artistic styles in Jamaica, in their earliest form, were strongly influenced by Europe. As with most of the arts throughout the Caribbean, the popular styles in Europe became the popular styles in the Indies. Classical art, in the beginning, generally ignored the Africans of the island, and their problems. William Hogarth is a particularly important artist from the colonial period. Regarded for his satire, he is one of the few who portrayed the problems of African slaves on Jamaica.

For travelers who want to view some of Jamaica's most revered works of art won't have to go far. If you're staying near Kingston, you'll have the chance to see some of the island's best at Jamaica's National Gallery.

The National Gallery is located in Kingston Mall at 12 Ocean Boulevard in the Roy West Building. The gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays, and a small entrance fee is required. Guided tours of the exhibits are available for an additional fee. Sometimes though if you venture off on your own you will have more time to savour the individual pieces, without hurrying along.

These exhibits include a famous bronze statue of Bob Marley and the "Ghetto Mother" statue by Edna Manley. You'll find works by Jamaica's best, brightest, and most famous, like Carl Abrahams, Cecil Baugh, John Dunkley, Kapo, and Barrington Watson. The gallery's annual exhibition, held from December to January, includes some of the island's best art work.

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Da Shop Dem by Delores Anglin

Beach Party By Delores Anglin

Feeding of the 5000 by Albert Artwell

Bird is a good friend by Ras Dizzy


Serena said...

Great post and blog, Dee! I love the colourful artwork of Jamaica :)

iriegal said...

Jamaica has so many talented artist Serena. As you can see such vibrant colors and imagery.