As you know, Jamaica celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Independence this year. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has been highlighting significant moments in our history to mark this momentous occasion. They recently posted an article on their blog Island Buzz that I had to share. The article highlights some of Jamaica's renowned artists that include Edna Manley, Albert Huie and Kapo among others. Read more here.
In addition to those artists I would also like to highlight 2 other personal favourites.
"Born on October 23, 1942, in Catadupa, Artwell - a visionary - was first inspired to "illustrate" in a marvellously decorative calligraphy various passages from the Scriptures. Later, he began painting pictures, usually religious scenes updated with elements of topical humour... His work is marked by a clear and concise imagery in fresh, flatly painted colours. Artwell's work has been exhibited all over the world. His work is on permanent display at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and he is a recipient of the Lady Musgrave Medal for Achievements in the Arts. He is considered one of the founders of the Jamaican Intuitive Movement." Source: galleryofwestindianart.com
This famous sculptor and artist was born in Manchester, Jamaica. He attended what is now the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the California College of Arts and Crafts. His work was greatly influenced by Edna Manley and Picasso. As with many other great artists, his work was not always understood. His controversial Bob Marley statue is evidence of this. He went on to receive an Order of Distinction towards art in Jamaican Society and was also awarded the Jamaican Silver Musgrave Medal in 1974. Read more about Gonzalez HERE and HERE.
Reggae Icon Feature - Jimmy Cliff
Today's reggae icon feature highlights The Honourable Jimmy Cliff. Read his Bio on jimmycliff.com and
get more Jimmy Cliff facts HERE.