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Jamaican Men - A Collectors Choice, Works 1975 to present day
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20-29 June 2012

Selected artists , Albert Huie, Carl Abraham, Witney Miller, Barrington Watson, Basil Watson , Raymond Watson , Kai Watson, Milton George ,David Boxer , Gene Pearson , Phillip Thomas , Khary Darby, Michael Elliott , Oliver Myrie, Paul Stoppi.

The exhibition will comprise of 30 paintings and 4 sculptures by Jamaican male artists , the old masters and a selection of young artists who are working in Jamaica today.

Jamaica has become world-famous for its music (Bob Marley), and more recently for its athletic prowess (Usain Bolt), but is much less known for its art. Yet, for a small island nation, it possesses an astonishingly large number of artists, and a supportive community of collector. The paintings and sculptures shown here come from the collection of a proud Jamaican who divides her time between Britain and Jamaica. Since she recently supported an exhibition of Jamaican women artists at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, which has the largest collection of contemporary art by women in Europe, Theresa Roberts has, on this occasion, chosen to show only work by men. The works date from 1975 to the present. They demonstrate some of the major themes in Jamaican art. First, a fascination with Jamaica’s beautiful landscape, exemplified in two works by Albert Huie, often described as ‘the father of Jamaican painting’. Second, a powerful figurative, often narrative impulse, often with religious overtones, as in the typical canvas by Carl Abrahams.

Jamaican artists are more interested in states of feeling than they are in exploring stylistic conventions. Their art, like the art of Jamaican musicians, reaches out very directly to the audience. Though this is one person’s view of the Jamaican art scene, the selection nevertheless gives a good idea of the nature of the Jamaican art-scene in general, and of the high level of talent to be found there.

Edward Lucie-Smith

Organised with the support of the Jamaican High Commission

    Jamaican Men - A Collectors Choice, Works 1975 to present day

    12 Star Gallery 
    The 12 Star Gallery is located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

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