Amy Laskin – Coral Incognito (n.d.)
Amy Laskin’s work in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica.
Amy Laskin was born in 1955, in Philadelphia, USA. Laskin attended the Pennsylvania State University where she was awarded a BFA degree in Ceramic Sculpture in 1977. She also holds an MFA in Painting (1979) from the School of Fine Art Institute in Chicago. Amy Laskin has been living in Jamaica since 1986 and had her first solo exhibition at the Bolivar Gallery in Kingston in 1989. She is best known for her highly detailed and surrealist paintings, which feature tropical and marine plants, corals and lace garments. She has exhibited widely in both the USA and Jamaica and in 2015 participated in Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists at the National Gallery of Jamaica. She lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.
Rafiki Kariuki – Depths (2016)
Rafiki Kariuki is represented with two works in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and both can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront. The Biennial continues until May 28.
Rafiki Kariuki was born in 1951, in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended the Jamaica School of Art where he obtained a Diploma in Painting, 1980. Karuiki has been regular exhibitor, particularly in the Annual National and Biennial exhibitions at the National Gallery and various themed exhibitions at the now defunct Mutual Gallery, in Kingston. In 1994 he was awarded a silver medal in the Jamaica Festival Fine Art Exhibition. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.
Rafiki Kariuki – Bridging the Gap (2016-17)
Marlon James – Blackout: Kingston 12, Jamaica (2013-2014)
The Jamaica Biennial 2017 submissions by Marlon James can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28. The works from the Blackout: Kingston 12 series were first published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism under a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Marlon James was born in 1980, in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and graduated with a Diploma in Sculpture. He began working as a photographer while still a student and it soon became his primary medium. As a commercial and fine arts photographer, his work has been published and exhibited locally and internationally. While his photographic practice is quite diverse, James is best known for his provocative portraits of fellow artists and persons who challenge societal norms, who are presented in both an iconic and candid fashion. His recent exhibitions include his solo exhibition entitled Intimate Encounters (2013) at NLS in Kingston Jamaica, the Jamaica Biennial 2014, and the Jamaican Routes exhibition in 2016, in Oslo, Norway. He currently lives in Cascade, Trinidad.
Marlon James – Couple Strangers (2016)
Laura Facey – Ceiba (2016)
Laura Facey has two works in the Jamaica Biennal 2017: one, Ceiba, is on view at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston; the other, Bumpy Top Desk and Mirror, can be seen at Devon House. The Biennial continues at all locations until May 28.
Laura Facey was born in 1954, in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended the Jamaica School of Art where she attained a Diploma in Sculpture, 1975. She also attended the West Surrey College of Art and Design in England and the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. Facey is best known as a sculptor but also works in other media, such as drawing, painting and printmaking. In recent times, she turned her attention to large meditative pieces that explore the symbolic and cultural potential of natural wood forms and human tools and instruments. She has exhibited extensively locally and internationally. Her work as been featured in major publications such as the Small Axe journal and her many commissions include the famed Redemption Song (2003) monument in Emancipation Park, Kingston. Her awards include the Silver Musgrave Medal (2006) and the Aaron Matalon Award for her entry in the 2010 National Biennial. In 2014, she was conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the Government of Jamaica. Facey lives in St Ann, Jamaica.
Laura Facey – Bumpy Top Desk and Mirror (2016)
Michael Elliott – The Aviary Strain (2016)
Michael Elliott’s contributions to the Jamaica Biennial 2017 can be viewed at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront.
Michael Elliott was born in 1979, in Manchester, Jamaica. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he attained a Diploma in Painting (2002). A regular exhibitor both locally and internationally, he was featured in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s acclaimed Young Talent V exhibition in 2010 and has participated in several National Biennials and the Jamaica Biennial 2014. Elliott is known for photo-based, hyper-realist still life paintings that explore socio-political issues in local and international affairs, often with biting sarcasm. He lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.
Michael Elliott – Amnesia (2016)
Rex Dixon – Flowers for Cecil (2016)
Rex Dixon has exhibited in the National Gallery’s biennials and annual national exhibitions for many years. He is again represented in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and his work can be seen at the National Gallery in Kingston until May 28.
Rex Dixon was born in 1939, in London, England. He attended the School of Art in Newton Abbot, the Stourbridge College of Art and the School of Art Education in Birmingham. He has lectured at the Stourbridge College and the New University of Ulster in Belfast. In 1985, he joined the faculty at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and served as the Head of the Painting Department between 1991 and 1993. Primarily an abstractionist, Dixon has been a regular participant in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Annual National and Biennial exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include Seventeen Colours (2010) held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Trinidad Perspective: New Paintings by Rex Dixon (2013), held in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dixon currently resides in St Joseph, Trinidad.
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Rex Dixon – September Song (2016)