Westernjamaicanartists

#TBT | Due West 2019 Highlights

TBT ● This week’s throwback features highlights from the official opening of our second staging of our Due West exhibition in January 2019. Due West is an initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing the work of artists who live or are from Western Jamaica. After adjudication, 14 artists represented by a mixture of paintings, photography, audio visual art, Fibre art, mixed media and Sculpture, were selected: Indie Allen, Greg Bailey, Krystal Ball, Esther Chin, Andrea Jadusingh, Kate Moyston, Andrew Duhaney, P.J. Stewart, Ivorhod Walters and Trisannia Watson.

#TBT | Due West (2020) – Esther Chin

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.”

#TBT | Highlight – Due West 2020

Our throwback photo features this interesting 360 degree camera shot of the middle of the gallery during the opening reception of our Due West exhibition in January 2020. Photo courtesy of Jason Easy.

What does Independence mean to me in 2020?

National Gallery West (NGW) takes great pride in celebrating Jamaica’s Independence and as part of our recognition of this National Holiday, we focus on a few Jamaican artists from our Western Jamaican community and how Jamaica’s Independence has influenced them in 2020.

Thanks to Artists: Camille Chedda, Esther Chin, Greg Bailey & Donnette Zacca.