Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Omari S. Ra

Omari S. Ra is one of the invited artists in the Jamaica Biennial 2017. His work can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.

Omari Ra was born in 1960, in Kingston, Jamaica. Ra (also known as “Afrikan”) studied painting at the Jamaica School of Art (now the Edna Manley School of the Visual Arts) and graduated in 1983. Ra’s work provides provocative, satirical commentaries on the historical and contemporary issues that have shaped the African Diaspora. Currently, the Head of the Painting Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Ra also holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. He has exhibited widely locally and internationally, participating in exhibitions such as the 1995 Johannesburg Biennial, and the Annual National and Biennial exhibitions in Jamaica. In 2004, he was awarded the Aaron Matalon Award for his entry in the 2004 National Biennial, and in 2011, Omari Ra was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Khalfani Ra

K. Khalfani Ra – Post White: the end of HIStory, Fukuyama’s Failure – for Yosef ben-Jochannan (n.d.)

Khalfani Ra‘s work is on view in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28.

K. Khalfani Ra was born in 1958, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was educated at the Jamaica School of Art where he received a Diploma in painting, 1983 and spent a year in Zimbabwe on a Commonwealth Fellowship. Ra has been a regular exhibitor locally and overseas: recent shows include Infinite Island (2007) at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Biennial 2014 at the NGJ. In 2004, Ra received a Purchase Award in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s National Biennial. His work tends to be provocative, targeting issues of the perception of blackness, sexuality and religion, and attacking the creolization of the Jamaican narrative. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Winston Patrick

Winston Patrick – Growth (2017)

The Jamaica Biennial 2017 continues until May 28, 2017. The work of Winston Patrick can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront.

Winston Patrick was born in 1946, in Clarendon, Jamaica. Patrick attended the Jamaica School of Art where he attained a Diploma in Sculpture 1966. He also attended the National Academy of Fine Arts (1966) and the School of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1969), in New York. Since the late 1970s he has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. He is best known for his exquisitely carved, tactile woodcarvings that make simple but powerful statements in space. Patrick lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Winston Patrick – Monument To…. (2017)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Petrona Morrison

Petrona Morrison – Selfie (2017), video still

Petrona Morrison‘s video installation Selfie (2017), is part of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica, where it can be seen until May 28. It explores the social dynamic, conventions and anxieties around the “selfie” culture.

Petrona Morrison was born in 1954, in Manchester, Jamaica. Morrison studied at MacMasters University in Ontario, Canada, where she attained a BA in Fine Arts and at Howard University, Washington, DC, where she gained her MFA. She recently retired as the Director of the School of Visual Art at the Edna Manley College. Morrison is best known for her work in installation and multimedia art that explores personal and political issues and the intersections between those two. She has exhibited locally and internationally and has participated in several artists’ residencies, including Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1994-1995 and at CCA7 in Trinidad in 2002. Morrison was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal in 1997 and the Gold Musgrave medal in 2014. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Petrona Morrison – Selfie (2017), video still

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Els Meyns

Els Meyns – Horn of Plenty (n.d.)

The illustrated mixed media sculpture by Els Meyns is on view at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28 as part of the Jamaica Biennial 2017.

Els Meijns born in 1945, in Wormerveer, The Netherlands. She attended the Gooise Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Laren and the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York. She also studied art restoration at the Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museología (CENCRM) in Havana, Cuba. Meijns lectured part-time at the Jamaica School of Art and later became a full-time lecturer at the institution. She has actively exhibited in Jamaica, Netherlands and the USA and has executed many sculpture commissions locally. Her abstract and representational sculptures in various media can be found in public and private collections worldwide. She currently lives and works in St Mary, Jamaica.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists 2017: Jag Mehta

Jag Mehta – Done in India (2015)

Jag Mehta’s work can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston until May 28, as part of the Jamaica Biennial 2017.

Jag Mehta was born 1933 in Lahore, Pakistan. He was educated at Cornell University, New York (BSc.) and Columbia University, New York (MBA). He also did part-time studies in Ceramics at Loughborough University of Technology, England; the University of Puerto Rico and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Jamaica, London and Puerto Rico, and has been a regular exhibitor at the National Gallery of Jamaica. He is best known for his organic yet subtly geometric sculptural forms and vessels. He lives in St Ann, Jamaica.

Jag Mehta – Done in China (2015