The Jamaica Biennial 2017 featured more than 160 works of art by more than 90 artists at three different locations, National Gallery of Jamaica, Devon House in Kingston and National Gallery West in Montego Bay. The Jamaica Biennial 2017 comprised of an invited section, to which artists with a proven track record were invited to submit and a juried section, which was open to artists living in Jamaica and Jamaican diaspora artists. There were six special projects by international invitees. These international artists were Caribbean based artists invited to contribute special projects to the 2017 Biennial. David Gumbs, who was one of the special projects artists, is from St. Martin and lives and works in Martinique. His work featured a visually stunning interactive video installation titled ‘Xing Wang – Blossoms, at National Gallery West. His interactive video installation reflects his preoccupation with the unseen, the cycle of life, the nature within and the digital universe.
This exhibition opened to the public on February 24, 2017 with guest speaker Homer Davis, the former Mayor of Montego Bay, and the artist David Gumbs.
Today’s throwback features highlights from the Opening Reception of the ‘Spirit of Budhai’ exhibition which opened on November 17, 2019. The exhibition explored the works of Cuban born artist, Neville Budhai (1928-2001) which was curated by National Gallery West’s very own Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin as her first major curatorial project.
The opening reception saw a slew of patrons who were quite elated to view the artistry of a man many, remembered to be a very humble and insightful individual . 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.