We continue our short features on the artists in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 with the invited artists, starting with David Boxer, whose work can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica. The Biennial is on view at the NGJ, Devon House and NG West until May 28.
David Boxer was born in 1946, in St Andrew, Jamaica. He holds a PhD in Art History from the John Hopkins University and an AB in Art History from Cornell University. Between 1975-1991 he was the Director/Curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica and he subsequently served as its Chief Curator, a post he held until his retirement in 2013. Primarily a self-taught, mixed media artist, Boxer makes complex iconographic references and appropriations, drawn from art history and visual culture, to comment on the human condition in the postcolonial context. He has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally and his most recent solo show entitled Boxer, The Seventh Decade was held in 2016 at the Seaview Fine Arts Gallery in Kingston. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to the visual arts in Jamaica, including the Gold Musgrave Medal and Centenary Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. He was also conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 1991 and in 2016, he received the Order of Jamaica. His works are included in numerous public and private collections, including the collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Boxer lives in St Andrew.