The work by Hope Brooks in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 is on view at the NGJ on the Kingston Waterfront, one of three locations for this year’s Biennial, which continues until May 28.
Hope Brooks was born in 1944, in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended the Edinburgh College of Art and holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In 1968 she began teaching in the Painting Department of the Jamaica School of Art (now part of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts) and became its Director. She later served as Vice Principal of Academic and Technical Studies of the Edna Manley College. Mainly active as a mixed media painter, her early work poetically reflected on nature but her recent work has more explicit political overtones, commenting on a variety of social and historical issues. Brooks has exhibited extensively throughout her career, both locally and internationally and is represented in numerous public and private collections. Some of her most notable shows have in included People and Their Stories–Then and Now (2011) at the Mutual Gallery, Kingston, and Modern Jamaican Art Through the Works of Six Female Artists exhibition (2005), at the Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. She was awarded both the Centenary Medal in 1980 and the Silver Musgrave Medal in 1995, by the Institute of Jamaica. Brooks lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.