Month: November 2019


National Gallery West is pleased to present ‘Spirit of Budhai’. An exhibition which explores the works of Cuban born artist, Neville Budhai (1928-2001). National Gallery West, on November 17th, saw a slew of patrons, who were quite elated to view the artistry of a man many, remembered to be a very humble, insightful man. He created colourful interpretations of past and present Jamaican life, most of which were sublimely outlined with Indian ink and eventually saw himself as a full-fledged Jamaican.

To read more about Neville Budhai, visit our previous post.


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National Gallery West, the Montego Bay branch of the National Gallery of Jamaica, is pleased to present Spirit of Budhai, an exhibition which explores the works of Cuban born artist, Neville Budhai (1928-2001). The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 2:00 pm


Remembered by several Montegonians as a very humble, insightful man who enjoyed sharing his thoughts with the many visitors to his studio, Budhai diligently painted vibrant street scenes, historical landmarks and everyday life of cities he had travelled to and lived in. His extensive studies were born only of his quest for excellence and love of his art prior to settling in Jamaica.  He was awarded a scholarship courtesy of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study in Spain where he studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, and the National School of Graphic Arts Madrid Spain.  He also pursued further artistic training in Paris, France at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués et des métiers d’art.


He settled in Jamaica during the early sixties and established an art studio in the city of Montego Bay, on Fort Street. Many local and international visitors stopped by his studio to view his art on their way to other destinations in and around town and eventually, he established the Budhai Art Gallery in Reading on the outskirts of Montego Bay.  Budhai’s paintings of market higglers, houses trimmed with wooden fretwork and historical landmarks were popular across Jamaica and they were an exemplary representation of Jamaica and its environs during the 1960s.  


Budhai, who spent most of his adult life in Jamaica, created colourful interpretations of past and present Jamaican life and eventually saw himself as a full-fledged Jamaican. He was the co-founder and first president of the Western Jamaica Society of Fine Arts and he received the Centenary Award from the Institute of Jamaica for his contribution to the development of art in Jamaica. Budhai’s practice and career has been inspirational for several Jamaican artists and he strongly believed that  Jamaican art was a key component to the development and enrichment of Jamaican culture and heritage. 


The opening reception of Spirit of Budhai at the National Gallery West is free and open to the public. All are cordially invited to attend. The exhibition will be on view until January 12, 2020. National Gallery West is located at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square.  Opening hours are: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9am – 4:45pm. Admission fees apply on regular days. For more information Call: 876-940-6402, Email:, Website: 

Due West Call for Artist Submissions DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 8, 2019


Robin Clare – Dancehall Duel, 2018 detail.

National Gallery West is pleased to announce its Call for Artist Submissions for the second edition of the Due West exhibition. This exhibition is part of our continuing initiative which aims to discover, promote and showcase the work of emerging and established artists from Western Jamaica.

*The Call for Due West is open to both amateur and professional artists working in one or more of the following media:

Drawing (including Pastel & Watercolours)
Print Collage
Sculpture (including Assemblage)
Fibre Art
Audio Visual


Entries will be accepted only under the following conditions:

The exhibition is open to all artists resident in or originating from Western Jamaica.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older

Artists may submit up to two (2) works in total
All works must have been completed within the past three (3) years
Size restrictions for paintings and other two (2) dimensional works:
Maximum height: 100 inches
Maximum width: 90 inches
Submissions open: September 10, 2019

*Notification of selection: November 23, 2019

Final submissions should be appropriately framed or mounted.

Works will be accepted Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning November 24 , 2019

Opening date: January 19, 2020
– People’s Choice Award – A Cash prize of $50,000.00.
This prize will be given to the artwork featured in the Due West exhibition that receives the most votes from
visitors to the exhibition.
Address: Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square
Contact us at: +1 (876)550-4817
If ALL fields in the application form are not completed the entry will NOT be considered by the jury