Laura Facey – Ceiba (2016)
Laura Facey has two works in the Jamaica Biennal 2017: one, Ceiba, is on view at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston; the other, Bumpy Top Desk and Mirror, can be seen at Devon House. The Biennial continues at all locations until May 28.
Laura Facey was born in 1954, in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended the Jamaica School of Art where she attained a Diploma in Sculpture, 1975. She also attended the West Surrey College of Art and Design in England and the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. Facey is best known as a sculptor but also works in other media, such as drawing, painting and printmaking. In recent times, she turned her attention to large meditative pieces that explore the symbolic and cultural potential of natural wood forms and human tools and instruments. She has exhibited extensively locally and internationally. Her work as been featured in major publications such as the Small Axe journal and her many commissions include the famed Redemption Song (2003) monument in Emancipation Park, Kingston. Her awards include the Silver Musgrave Medal (2006) and the Aaron Matalon Award for her entry in the 2010 National Biennial. In 2014, she was conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the Government of Jamaica. Facey lives in St Ann, Jamaica.
Laura Facey – Bumpy Top Desk and Mirror (2016)
Michael Elliott – The Aviary Strain (2016)
Michael Elliott’s contributions to the Jamaica Biennial 2017 can be viewed at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront.
Michael Elliott was born in 1979, in Manchester, Jamaica. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he attained a Diploma in Painting (2002). A regular exhibitor both locally and internationally, he was featured in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s acclaimed Young Talent V exhibition in 2010 and has participated in several National Biennials and the Jamaica Biennial 2014. Elliott is known for photo-based, hyper-realist still life paintings that explore socio-political issues in local and international affairs, often with biting sarcasm. He lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.
Michael Elliott – Amnesia (2016)
Rex Dixon – Flowers for Cecil (2016)
Rex Dixon has exhibited in the National Gallery’s biennials and annual national exhibitions for many years. He is again represented in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and his work can be seen at the National Gallery in Kingston until May 28.
Rex Dixon was born in 1939, in London, England. He attended the School of Art in Newton Abbot, the Stourbridge College of Art and the School of Art Education in Birmingham. He has lectured at the Stourbridge College and the New University of Ulster in Belfast. In 1985, he joined the faculty at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and served as the Head of the Painting Department between 1991 and 1993. Primarily an abstractionist, Dixon has been a regular participant in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Annual National and Biennial exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include Seventeen Colours (2010) held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Trinidad Perspective: New Paintings by Rex Dixon (2013), held in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dixon currently resides in St Joseph, Trinidad.
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Rex Dixon – September Song (2016)
Carol Crichton – Logwood to Marcus (2016)
The Jamaica Biennial 2017 continues until May 28 at the National Gallery of Jamaica and Devon House in Kingston and at National Gallery West in Montego Bay. Carol Crichton’s work is featured at the National Gallery in Kingston.
Carol Crichton was born in 1943, in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, USA. Since the 1970s she has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, locally and internationally. Notable exhibitions include the Annual National and Biennial exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, as well as Curator’s Eye II (2006) and Curator’s Eye III (2009) and Materializing Slavery (2008), also held at the National Gallery of Jamaica. In 2016, she participated in the Going Green show at the Grosvenor Galleries and held a solo show at the Olympia Gallery entitled Carol Crichton Paintings. Her work has been featured in major publications on Jamaican Art, including The Art of Jamaica, A Prelude (2010) by Wayne Lawrence, and is part of several major public and private collections. Crichton lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.
Carol Crichton – Structure (2017)
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for March 26, 2017, will feature the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and a special musical performance by BLACKasCOLE.
Fronted by songstress Cecile Black, BLACKasCOLE’s performance style is a fusion of different genres: Alternative, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Reggae/Dub-Rock which they have integrated into a base component of Reggae and Dub; the result is a new genre that the band calls Jam-on-Dub. The band emerged from the UWI Pop society at the Mona campus and has been in existence for three years now. Its goal is to “to ignite your hearts with conscious uplifting messages of truth and love.” BLACKasCOLE performs mostly original material and cover versions are usually interpretations of songs with personal significance. The band has graced a number of stages performing several times at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and venues such as Red Bones Blues Cafe’; Jamnesia; and Plug ‘n’ Play at the Jonkanoo Lounge of the Wyndham Hotel, to name a few. Their last performance at the National Gallery, three years ago, was extremely well received by our audience and we are particularly pleased to welcome back BLACKasCOLE, for what is guaranteed to be a phenomenal Last Sundays appearance.
Visitors will be able to view the critically acclaimed Jamaica Biennial 2017 which opened in late February 2017 at three locations: the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston waterfront, Devon House in New Kingston and National Gallery West in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay. Featuring a diverse mix of locally and overseas based artists, some of them well known and others emerging or new, the 2017 edition of the Jamaica Biennial reflects the vitality of the Jamaican art scene and the complex global dynamics that shape the art of the Caribbean region today. As was first done in 2014, the Jamaica Biennial features six specially invited international artists, from the Caribbean and its Diaspora—Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Raquel Paiewonsky, Marcel Pinas, Nadia Huggins at the National Gallery of Jamaica; Andrea Chung at Devon House; and David Gumbs at National Gallery West—and the exhibition also includes two special tributes to noted Jamaican artists—Alexander Cooper and Peter Dean Rickards, both of which can be viewed at the National Gallery of Jamaica. The exhibition includes work in conventional media and styles as well as more experimental work in digital and other contemporary media, including several mixed media installations. The largest and arguably the most ambitious such exhibition staged to date by the National Gallery, the Jamaica Biennial runs at all three locations until May 28, 2017.
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 and the programme will start at 1:30 pm. As is customary for Last Sundays, admission will be free at the National Gallery of Jamaica’s downtown Kingston location and there will also be free tours of the Jamaica Biennial 2017. The Devon House location will also be exceptionally from 11 am to 4 pm and National Gallery West will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. Regular admission rates will apply at both National Gallery West and at Devon House.
Margaret Chen – Cross Section of Curve (2016), mixed media installation
Margaret Chen’s work in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. The exhibition continues until May 28.
Margaret Chen was born in 1951, in St Catherine, Jamaica. A sculpture and installation artist, she attended the Jamaican School of Art (now the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts) where she obtained a Diploma in Sculpture with distinction (1976). Later, she attained a BFA with honours (1984) and an MFA (1986) at York University, Ontario, Canada. Notable exhibitions include her solo show Ovoid (2003) at the Mutual Gallery in Kingston and the About Change exhibition (2011), organized by the World Bank at the IDB Gallery, Washington DC, USA. She was artist in residence at the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art (2000) and the Vermont Studio Centre (2002), both in the USA. In 2005, Chen was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica and Toronto, Canada.