#TBT | Twins of Twins Visit to NGW

Today’s #TBT features snapshots of comedians and Dancehall sensations, Patrick “Curly Lox” Gaynor and Paul “Tu-Lox” Gaynor more popularly known as Twins of Twins visit to National Gallery West during their tour of the Spiritual Yards exhibition in 2018.

#TBT | Visitors from Deafinately Jamaica Tours

#TBT ● Today’s throwback features a snapshot of visitors from Deafinately Jamaica Tours after their tour of the ‘I Shall Return Again’ exhibition in 2018. Deafinately Jamaica Tours is Jamaica’s first disability destination management company based in Montego Bay.

#TBT | Young visitors from John’s Hall Primary

Today’s throwback features Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin engaging students from John’s Hall Primary in National Gallery West’s Art Supply Initiative activities after their tour of ‘The Art of Jamaican Sculpture’ exhibition in 2018 . We hope to be able to engage with our youth again some day.

#TBT | Remembering Michael Lester

Photo: Althea (left) and Garth (right) pose for a photo by Michael Lester’ painting titled ‘Rastafarian’. They paid NGW a visit to view Michael Lester – A Montego Bay Artist. Both spent their childhood around Lester and his wife Peggy during his time in Belmont.

#TBT | Spiritual Yard – Elijah (Geneva Mais Jarrett)

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 Insta Stories.

Today’s throwback features works by intuitive artist, Elijah (Geneva Mais Jarrett) from the ‘Spiritual Yards’ Exhibition, a selection from the Wayne & Myrene Cox Collection. Spiritual Yards explores how many of the self-taught, popular artists – or “Intuitives,” as they are now conventionally called in Jamaica – have their roots in religious and spiritual practices such as Revival and Rastafari. Several of these artists have produced or contributed to so-called “spiritual yards,” or sacred spaces that feature ritual and symbolic objects and images that are meant engage or represent the spirits, which was either the start of their artistic practice or remained as its main focus. As Wayne Cox has rightly argued, these spiritual yards are often their most outstanding works of art and their cultural significance in the Jamaican context warrants further exploration. 

Geneva Mais Jarrett became ‘Elijah’ when she was baptized as a young adult. Elijah took on the role of preacher and prophetess, creating the Elijah Tabernacle in her home in the community of Rose Town, Kingston. She consecrated the area by painting most of the outside surfaces of the building, gate and zinc fencing with mural scenes of angels and events of the bible. She consecrated the area by painting most of the outside surfaces of the building, gate and zinc fencing with mural scenes of angels and events of the bible. She also hung painted banners and seals, as well as set up revival basins. Her yard became a safe haven in tough times.

To read more, visit: https://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/spiritual-yards-gallery-4-part-2-elijah/


Left: The Angels of Deliverance and Light, 1996

Right: Elijah – Noah Warns the Nation of the Coming of God (1996), Wayne and Myrene Cox Collection

Elijah – The Conquering Lion Shall Loose Every Chain (1996), Wayne and Myrene Cox Collection.

#TBT | Interview with Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.

#TBT | Today’s throwback features a photo taken post an interview with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. in October 2018 during the Art of Jamaican Sculpture exhibition at National Gallery West. They were in Jamaica doing a feature on our historical landmarks as well as other aspects of our rich culture and heritage.

#TBT | Venezuelan Cadets Visit to National Gallery West

National Gallery West was pleased to have welcomed Venezuelan Cadets to our ‘Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art’ exhibition, in July 2015. The exhibition opened for viewing at National Gallery West from May 8, 2015 – August 8, 2015.

#TBT | Special Guests at National Gallery West

How’s this for a #TBT? Veteran Journalist and Broadcaster Fae Ellington ( center), pose with David Shields , Vice President of Island Routes and Assistant Curator of National Gallery West , Monique Gilpin, after a brief tour of the ‘Masculinities’ exhibition at National Gallery West in 2016.

#TBT | The Inaugural Due West Exhibition at National Gallery West

Today’s #TBT is our Inaugural Due West Exhibition held in January 2019. In continuing our commitment to serving the needs of Western Jamaica, Due West is the first submission based exhibition staged at this location. It is part of an initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing the work of artists who live in or are from Western Jamaica.

The Artists featured in the the inaugural exhibition were:  Jag Mehta, Trisannia Watson, Aundrey Wilson, Kate Moyston, Christai Lynch, Nathan Robb, Andrew Duhaney, P.J. Stewart, Ayale Williams, Royan Grey, Marsha Martin, Camille Chedda, Javier Dayes, Robin Clare and David Pinto. These artists were represented by a mixture of paintings, photography, digital art, audio visual art, ceramics, and mixed media.  

#TBT | EXPLORATIONS IV – MASCULINITIES Opening Reception Highlights

National Gallery West was pleased to present an abridged version of ‘ Explorations IV: Masculinities exhibition which was shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. ‘Masculinities’ opened to the public on Sunday May 1, 2016 at National Gallery West.

The exhibition explored various masculine roles and identities, and the perceptions that surround them, and how they have evolved in the Jamaican context. The exhibition included works by artists from the nineteenth century to the present, such as Isaac Mendes Belisario, Albert Huie, Osmond Watson, Barrington Watson, Rose Murray, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Ebony G. Patterson, Leasho Johnson, Wade Rhoden, Peter Dean Rickards, and Vermon “Howie” Grant.