Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Deborah Anzinger

This is the first of what will be our final series of posts on the Jamaica Biennial 2017, on the juried artists in the exhibition. The juried section of the 2017 Biennial was selected by two international judges, Amanda Coulson (Bahamas) and Christopher Cozier (Trinidad and Tobago), and two local judges and members of the NGJ Board, Susanne Fredricks and Omari Ra. Deborah Anzinger had submitted a site-specific installation proposal for the Devon House ballroom, which was selected.

Deborah Anzinger was born in St Andrew, Jamaica. She attended the Rush University Medical Center, where she obtained a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology, and she is self-taught as a painter and multi-media artist. Her recent exhibitions include the Jamaica Biennial 2014 at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and Double Dutch: Heino Schmid + Deborah Anzinger (2016) at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. Anzinger is the Executive Director of New Local Space Ltd. (NLS), a non-profit visual art initiative in Kingston. She is a regular participant in international art events, such as Tilting Axis in 2015 and 2016, in Barbados and Miami respectively, and recently completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016). Her current body of work tests “the limits of understanding individual existence and experience as hybrid, indeterminate and magical, told from an unknowable inner world.” She is based in St Andrew, Jamaica.


Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Donnette Zacca

Donnette Zacca – Empty Promises (n.d.) – left panel

Here is the final post in our series on the invited artists in the recently closed Jamaica Biennial 2017:

Donnette Zacca was born in 1957, in St James, Jamaica. Zacca attended the Jamaica School of Art, majoring in Graphic Design and Art Education. She also attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she attained her MFA in 2004. She has exhibited extensively locally and overseas and has received gold, silver and bronze medals in the JCDC’s National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition. Zacca lectured in photography at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and regularly contributes to publications, such as Small Axe, The Best of Skywritings, and the Jamaica Observer. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica.


Donnette Zacca – Empty Promises (n.d.) – right panel

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Raymond Watson

Raymond Watson – Roots of Rebellion (2017)

The Jamaica Biennial 2017 closed on June 10, after having been extended for two weeks. We continue publishing items from our archives on the artists and works in the exhibition with this feature:

Raymond Watson was born in 1958, in London, England. Watson attended the Jamaica School of Art, attaining a Diploma in Sculpture in 1981, and presently teaches there. He has exhibited his sculptures as well as executed public commissions locally and overseas, and has participated in several exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, including the National Biennial in 2012. In 2007, he was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Caribbean Foundation for the Arts. He lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Heather Sutherland Wade

Heather Sutherland Wade – White Tiger Lily (n.d.)

We continue to post short features on the participating artists from our Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives:

Heather Sutherland Wade was born in 1948, in Manchester, Jamaica. Sutherland-Wade attended the Alberta College of Art in Canada. A graphic designer and a fine artist, she has been exhibiting extensively since the 1970s in Jamaica, Canada, Barbados and China. Sutherland-Wade states that her motivation to paint comes from the beauty of God’s creation around her, which she captures in patterned, colourful semi-abstracts. She lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.


Heather Sutherland Wade – Calm (n.d.)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Phillip Thomas

Phillip Thomas – High-Sis in the Garden of Heathen (2017)

Here is another feature from our Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives:

Phillip Thomas was born in 1980, in Kingston, Jamaica. Thomas received his BFA in Painting in 2003 from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and received the Albert Huie award for Painting at the end of his studies there. He later earned his MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Phillip Thomas has exhibited extensively locally and internationally and is represented in major collections. His awards include the Bronze Musgrave Medal for excellence in art in 2014, the Public Prize in the 2006 SuperPlus Under 40 Artist of the Year competition and the Aaron Matalon Award in the 2008 National Biennial. In his oil paintings and mixed-media works, artist Phillip Thomas combines the imagery and traditions of the Old Masters with contemporary textures and patterns to create a new iconography. As he puts it, “You want a way to lure people into the image, and then it unfolds itself, like a very slow car crash. I try in many ways to present the audience to themselves.” Thomas lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Phillip Thomas – High-Sis in the Garden of Heathen (2017, detail of work in progress)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Jasmine Thomas-Girvan

Jasmine Thomas-Girvan -Parallel Realities, Dwelling I’m The Heartland of My People (2016), installation (detail)

Jasmine Thomas-Girvan was the recipient of the Aaron Matalon Award in the recently closed Jamaica Biennial 2017. Her two installations were on view at Devon House.

Jasmine Thomas-Girvan was born in 1961, in St Andrew, Jamaica. Thomas-Girvan attended the Parsons School of Design in New York, where she received a BFA in Jewellery and Textile Design. While she is still best known as a jeweller, Jasmine’s recent work has moved into the realm of larger mixed media sculpture and installations that evoke poetically the epic histories of the Caribbean. Thomas-Girvan has exhibited in the USA, Jamaica, Trinidad, Venezuela and Mexico. Her awards include the Tiffany Award for Excellence at Parsons, the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Certificate of Recognition, the Commonwealth Foundation Arts award in 1996, the Aaron Matalon Award for her contribution to the NGJ’s 2012 National Biennial, and the 2014 Silver Musgrave Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. Thomas-Girvan lives in Maraval, Trinidad.


Jasmine Thomas-Girvan – The Real Princess (2016), installation (detail)