On January 31, 2010, Jamaica received the news that Albert Huie, a major figure in the development of Jamaican art and, indeed, one of Jamaica’s most outstanding painters and printmakers, had passed away in Baltimore. Nearly one year later and on the eve of what would have been Huie’s ninetieth birthday, the National Gallery of Jamaica pauses to pay tribute to this outstanding Jamaican Master and pioneer of modern Jamaican art.
The National Gallery’s tribute to Huie will take the form of an informal function on Thursday, December 30, starting at 12:30 pm, in the presence of the Artist’s daughter Christine Huie-Roy and some of his closest friends. We will also open, on that occasion, a special tribute exhibition consisting of works of art by Albert Huie from the National Collection. The exhibition provides an overview of Huie’s oeuvre from the late 1930s to the late 1990s, essentially spanning his entire artistic career, and illustrates Huie’s unparalleled ability to capture, in print and in paint, the beauty of the Jamaican environment and the spirit of its people – an artistic legacy we cherish and honour.
Members of the public are invited to join us for the Albert Huie tribute on December 30, which will include special tribute, poetry and music, and a reception, as well as the opportunity to view the Albert Huie tribute exhibition and the 2010 National Biennial.