Month: December 2020

#TBT | Jamaica Biennial 2014 |Renee Cox, Sacred Geometry

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 exhibition comprised a juried section, which is open to all artists living in Jamaica and Jamaican artists and artists of immediate descent living elsewhere, and an invited section, which includes artists with a well-established record of exhibitions and critical response. In a departure from its previous, national focus and a first major step towards internationalizing the Biennial, a select number of international artists had also been invited to contribute special projects, namely Simon Fujiwara (UK/Japan), Renee Cox (Jamaica/USA), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad), Sheena Rose (Barbados), Blue Curry (Bahamas/UK) and James Cooper (Bermuda). For the first time, also the Biennial is operating from more than one venue. 

One of those venues was National Gallery West and the artist featured at the western branch of National Gallery of Jamaica was Renee Cox. Featured, was a series of photographs and a video by Renee Cox, titled Sacred Geometry, and shown as part of the 2014 Jamaica Biennial. Renee Cox is a New York-based photographer and mixed media artist who is known for her seminal and at times controversial presentation of Afrofuturistic photography to the art world. She has also worked as a fashion photographer in Paris and New York.

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 featured a selection from Cox’s  Sacred Geometry series, which consists of digitally manipulated black and white portraits that display self-similar patterns. They are executed with precision, creating sculptural kaleidoscopes of the human body while exploring the power of symbols as elements of collective imagination. The inspiration for Cox’s work comes from fractals, a mathematical concept centuries old and used by many ancient African cultures. Sacred Geometry has also been the result of Cox’s embrace of the digital world. Bridging the gap between the old and new technology has brought on new challenges and endless possibilities.

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#TuesdayTips|Staying Covid-19 free during the holidays

Tuesdaytips ● The new year is right around the corner, and 2020 has been an unusual year with a global pandemic upending almost every holiday plan. We’re encouraging everyone especially during the NYE celebration, to continue to take the necessary precautions in lessening the spread of the virus.
Artwork: William “Woody” Joseph – John Clappy (n.d.)

#MakeArtMondays | Confetti Poppers

No matter what you are celebrating, everything is better with confetti! This week’s #MakeArtMondays craft is a reusable confetti popper. These confetti cannons are not only easy to make, they also make an amazing showing at any celebration. And of course, with the new year approaching, you and your family can use these at midnight on NYE, to ring in the new year!

National Gallery West would like to take this opportunity to wish all our followers a prosperous 2021!


Music: Kedam – Heroes

Seasons Greetings!

This may be a year unlike all others, but there is no reason why we cannot enjoy the holidays while looking after our own and our loved ones’ health and well-being.

Artwork: Osmond Watson – Morning Song for Jah (1991), detail.

#TBT | Candid Moments at National Gallery West

Our #TBT highlights some of the exciting moments with guests at National Gallery West. We enjoyed making your experience at National Gallery West memorable!

#MakeArtMondays | Christmas Wreath

Because this Christmas season is unlike any other, our #MakeArtMondays Christmas edition, is one way to keep the spirit alive. Create funtastic Christmas crafts with family using easy to find materials that will surely make this Christmas season a memorable one!


*Parental supervision required

#TuesdayTips | Staying covid-19 free

#TuesdayTips ● With the holidays fast approaching and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,  it may mean that your typical holiday gatherings will look different this year.Make sure you continue to exercise precaution. Practice social distancing and wear your mask.

●Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds – Orange Grove (1975) detail.

#MakeArtMondays | Christmas Ornaments

Make this 2020 Christmas season much more memorable with these easy to make Christmas Ornaments crafts that you can hang on your Christmas tree. Make it your own and have fun with it!

*Parental supervision required.

Music: Declan DP – Wanderlust

#TBT | Marcia Biggs Impressions of Life – Opening Reception

 Marcia Biggs: Impressions of Life exhibition, opened to the public at National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre on Sam Sharpe Square on Sunday, December 18, 2016. The exhibition explored the work of the popular Montego Bay-based artist Marcia Biggs, through examples borrowed mainly from private and corporate collections in Western Jamaica. Many that not only adored her work, but who were also close relatives and dear friends of the late artist and teacher, relived gracious memories of Marcia while viewing the exhibition. The reception opened with a performance by Della Manley as well as closing remarks from Grace Ann Biggs-Allen.

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