The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that Barrington: A Retrospective, an exhibition of more than 250 paintings, drawings and original prints by Jamaican master artist Professor the Hon. Barrington Watson, OJ, will be held over until April 29. The exhibition was originally scheduled to close on April 14.
In light of the success of our recent test of Sunday opening hours, furthermore, the National Gallery will exceptionally be open on Sundays April 22 and April 29, from 11 am to 4 pm on both days. This will give viewers who have not yet seen the Barrington Watson retrospective additional opportunity to view this important exhibition before it closes.
The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open to the public this Sunday, March 25 as part of a programme to test the viability of regular Sunday opening hours.
On this ‘test Sunday’ the Gallery will open from 11 o’clock in the morning until 3 o’clock in the afternoon and will offer free tours (regular tours start at 11:30am and 12:30am respectively and a special children’s activity tour at 1:00pm) as well as musical entertainment. Participation in activities will be on a “first come, first served” basis – the maximum number of persons on a tour is 30.
The National Gallery is currently exhibiting the Barrington Watson retrospective, which features paintings and works on paper from the late 1950s to the present, exploring the major themes in the artist’s work.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
The National Gallery of Jamaica and the Olympia Gallery are pleased to announce that Professor the Hon. Barrington Watson, OJ, will be available to sign copies of the catalogue publication Barrington: A Retrospective (2012), on Saturday, February 25, from 12 noon to 4 pm. This event will take place at the Olympia Gallery, 202 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6 and the public is invited.
For educational purposes only.
This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Jamaica National Building Society, Scotia Private Client Group, Island Car Rentals, Gleaner, Stewart’s Automotive, Pan-Jamaican Investments, Mayberry Investments and Wysinco.
Dr Edward Watson, brother of Barrington Watson, speaks on behalf of the Watson family at the opening of Barrington: A Retrospective on January 8, 2012.
Barrington Watson - Out of Many, One People (1962), whereabouts unknown
His Grace Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, and Mrs Sentamu visited the NGJ, and its current Barrington: A Retrospective exhibition on Saturday, January 28. Among the many things they viewed, were a text panel and preparatory drawings for Out of Many One People (1962), a lost painting by Barrington Watson. On the next day, Archbishop Sentamu made reference to the painting as a metaphor for Jamaican society in his sermon at the Webster Memorial Church in Kingston. Archbishop Sentamu’s visit to Jamaica was associated with the Jamaica 50 observations. Below we provide you with further information on Barrington’s Out of Many One People painting.
“Out of Many, One People shows people at a bus stop, waiting to take the bus into the future. There are many people, young and old, middle class and working class, black, white, Indian and Chinese”
– Barrington Watson
The second of the two annex exhibitions of the NGJ’s Barrington: A Retrospective (January 8-April 14, 2012) exhibitions is at the Bank of Jamaica.
Barrington in the 1970s chaired the Bank of Jamaica’s art acquisitions committee and produced two commissions for the central bank. One is the sculptural installation Trust (1975) which was produced in cooperation with master ceramist Cecil Baugh; the second and probably better known is the mural size painting The Garden Party (1975), which is on permanent view in the lobby of the Bank’s auditorium. The Garden Party presented a satirical panorama of life and politics in Jamaica in the 1970s. This annex exhibition consists of studies and a painting related to The Garden Party.
Please enjoy this short video on the Bank of Jamaica annex exhibition!
One of two annex exhibitions to Barrington: A Retrospective (January 8-April 14, 2012) is on view at the Olympia Art Centre. This annex exhibition,which is titled Our African Heritage, presents a specific subset of Barrington’s history painting, where the artist explores our African heritage. This annex exhibition is organized around the massive mural Our Heritage (1974) at the Olympia Art Centre and comprises related studies, other canvases that explore our links with Africa, and Barrington’s vast compendium of portraits of Pan-Africanist heroes, which includes portraits of our own Marcus Garvey.
Please enjoy this short video on the Olympia annex exhibition!