NGJ to Host Barrington Watson Lecture on October 13

Barrington Watson - Washer Women (1966), Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery of Jamaica, in association with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and on the occasion of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, is pleased to present a public lecture by Jamaican Master Artist Professor the Honourable Barrington Watson, CD, OJ on Thursday, October 13. The lecture will start at 2 pm and is held at the National Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston (entrance on Orange Street). Professor Watson will speak about his life and work and his views on art in Jamaica. The lecture is free and open to the public and all interested persons are cordially invited.

Barrington Watson was born in Lucea, Hanover, in 1931. He was educated at the Royal College of Art, London (1958–1960) and continued his study of the works of European masters at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Academia de las Bellas Artes in Madrid and other major European art schools. He returned to Jamaica in 1962 to become the first Director of Studies at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts (now part of the Edna Manley College) and spearheaded a new curriculum which allowed graduating artists to filter into the areas of teaching, advertising and television, as well as the conventional fine and applied arts. As the founding member of the Contemporary Jamaican Artist Association in 1964, along with his fellow painters Karl Parboosingh and Eugene Hyde, he quickly became one of the leading artists of the post-Independence period in Jamaica, whose work represents a turning point in the development of Jamaica’s cultural and artistic aesthetic and professionalized the local artistic practice. His many accolades include the Institute of Jamaica’s Gold Musgrave Medal and the Order of Jamaica.

Barrington Watson - Mother and Child (1958), Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery is currently planning a major Barrington Watson retrospective, which will include paintings and works on paper from the late 1950s to the present and explore the major themes in his work. This exhibition will be on view from January 8 to April 14, 2012 and accompanied by a major catalogue publication.

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