NGJ Pays Tribute to John Maxwell (1934-2010)


Valerie Bloomfield - Portrait of John Maxwell (1971), Collection: NGJ

The National Gallery of Jamaica pays tribute to its past Chairman, the eminent Jamaican journalist John Maxwell, who passed away on December 10.

John Maxwell chaired the National Gallery from 1977 to 1980. Under his chairmanship, a more active temporary exhibitions programme was instituted which included the takeover and redevelopment of the Institute of Jamaica’s Annual National Exhibition in late 1977, while the educational role of the gallery was expanded with the establishment of a second curatorial position with responsibility for education. His revival of the National Gallery’s artists’ fellowship programme in 1977 was short-lived through lack of budgetary support but was awarded to Milton George, Everald Brown and Albert Huie.

John Maxwell is present in the National Gallery’s permanent collection by means of a portrait of him by Valerie Bloomfield, dated 1971.  The portrait is considered one of the finest examples of portraiture in Jamaican art.

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6 thoughts on “NGJ Pays Tribute to John Maxwell (1934-2010)

  1. I was fortunate enough for John to call me a friend these past few years.
    This is a terrific portrait of a unique man that possessed a rare intellect, a terrific sense of humour, and an undying love of humanity, traits not often found in one person.
    An important, perhaps under-appreciated Jamaican, John is yet one more Trelawny Treasure.

  2. That’s a wonderful portrait of John, in a very typical pose. I’d forgotten he was chairman of the National Gallery. He had an extraordinary commitment to the arts.

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