TBT | Today’s throwback highlights a snapshot of little visitors from the Hanover Pre & Preparatory School post their tour of our Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art exhibition which opened for viewing in May 2015. To read more about Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art, visit our blog: www.nationalgallerywest.wordpress.com
TBT | Today’s throwback back is a snapshot of a group of visitors from a Japanese cruise who were elated to soak up the culture while in Montego Bay, posing next to Kimani Beckford’s ‘Affirmation’ painting after viewing the ‘Affirmation Tour’ Exhibition in 2019.
#TBT | Nationl Gallery West exhibited Selections from the the National Collection: Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds in August 2017. The Jamaican Intuitive artist and charismatic Revivalist Bishop Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds $was born in 1911 in Byndloss, a rural St. Catherine community some thirty miles from Kingston. Many of Kapo’s paintings and sculptures depict his cultural milieu, including portraits of those around him and scenes from daily life. He was also a fine landscape painter and he was fond of depicting the environment of his childhood, the hills and valleys of St. Catherine’s interior. Other works are more spiritual in nature and were clearly inspired by his visions and practices as a Zion Revivalist leader. Some of his works have erotic overtones and joyfully celebrate the nude human body and sexuality.
It was definitely a pleasure welcoming young minds from the Fairfield International Academy to National Gallery West in 2018. They were given a tour of our ‘I Shall Return Again’ exhibition as well as engaged in National Gallery West’s Art Supply Initiative. We miss seeing our young visitors, however we are hopeful that some day, under the new normal, we will meet again. Continue to stay safe everyone.
It was a pleasure to have had Senior Curator, O’Neil Lawrence alongside Trinidadian Artist, Curator & Writer Christopher Cozier, Jamaican Artist Cosmo Whyte and London Based Curator & Lecturer Paul Goodwin visit and view our Marcia Biggs exhibition at National Gallery West in 2017.
Our inaugural National Gallery West exhibition, “Religion and Spirituality in Jamaican Art”, opened as part of the Centre’s official opening function on July 11 2014. Religion and Spirituality in Jamaican Art was an abridged version of the acclaimed Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality exhibition which was shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston from December 22, 2013 to April 27, 2014.
Some of the art in this exhibition was intended as religious art by its makers and includes some of its main exponents – such as Kapo, Osmond Watson, Carl Abrahams and Everald Brown – but artists have also been drawn to the subjects of religion and spirituality from a more secular point of view, for instance as part of the search for iconic Jamaican subject matter. The exhibition also included examples of work that uses religious iconography as a metaphor to address other non-religious issues, whether personal or social. Given the hegemonic and counter-hegemonic roles of religions and spirituality in Jamaican history and life, it is indeed impossible to separate religious, spiritual and secular concerns and much of the art in this exhibition was deeply political, in that it questions and actively challenges racial hierarchies and power dynamics, including those that obtain in the dominant religions.
Other featured artists in this exhibition included Ebony G. Patterson, Edna Manley, Ralph Campbell, Albert Artwell and Eugene Hyde.
National Gallery West hosted an exhibition focused on photography and video featuring artists from Jamaica and the diaspora. This exhibition opened to the public in May 2019. The exhibition featured photographs by Rose Murray, Berette Macaulay, Phillis Galembo, Paul Stoppi, Wade Roden, Nadia Huggins, Archie Lindo, Marlon James, Albert Chang and Robin Farquharson.
It’s International Women’s Month and we are dedicated to highlighting women in art for the month of March in our #Throwback Thursday series and once per week in our Instagram Stories.
National Gallery West was pleased to host its second staging of our annual exhibition Due West which opened in January 2020. Created in 2018, Due West is a submission-based exhibition which is a key part of a continuing initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing the work of artists both emerging and professional, who live in, or are from Western Jamaica. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, Due West has been postponed to 2022.
Today’s throwback features work by Esther Chin, a native of St. Mary, who had a passion for art from an early age and begun to express herself through drawing, using the exterior and interior spaces of her home as a canvas. Esther pursued her studies at the School of Arts & Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky in the United States as well as The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, achieving an MFA in Sculpture & Fibre Arts and a BFA in Painting. Her inspiration comes from her love for the environment; its flora and fauna, social issues, her cultural identity and personal experiences. Her work, ‘Ma Tapestry’ was featured in National Gallery West’s Due West exhibition in January 2020.
“My art is the truth of my soul through which I speak.”