In Memoriam: Peter Johnson (1960-2013)

Peter Johnson - Want Freedom (2012), alabaster - shown in the 2012 National Biennial

Peter Johnson – Want Freedom (2012), alabaster

The NGJ regrets the passing of the sculptor Peter Ralph Johnson. He was born on April 4, 1960 and most recently lived at 17 James Street, in downtown Kingston, where he operated his sculpture workshop.

Johnson was essentially self-taught as an artist, although he attended some leisure classes at the Edna Manley College. He also worked in the studio of artists such as Fitz Harrack and Judith Salmon. He collaborated with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission for many years, mounting exhibitions and doing set, costume design and restoring antiques. He also worked with Mutual Gallery, Gallery Pegasus and Grosvenor, mainly assisting with the mounting of exhibitions. He was a regular participant in the National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition and was awarded bronze medals in 1982 1993 and 1996 and he had also exhibited at the NGJ in 2012 National Biennial. Johnson exhibited at various other galleries, including the Grosvenor Gallery and Gallery Pegasus. Most recently he was collaborating with the children’s workshops organized by OAaSIS International in downtown Kingston. Continue reading

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Call for Entries – 2012 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

Dwight Larmond – Wi and Dem (2011, mixed media) – 2011 Bronze medal and Claro’s Viewer’s winner

We are hoping that this year’s National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition will be extra-special, as part of our Jamaica 50 observation.

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The National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition is our annual cooperation with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Dwight Larmond – Winner of the 2011 Claro Viewer’s Vote

Dwight Larmond - Wi and Dem (2011, mixed media)

On the afternoon of September 15, 2011 Dwight Larmond, participant and bronze medallist of the 2011 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, a joint project of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and the National Gallery of Jamaica, received the Claro Viewer’s Vote award at the National Gallery. He won the award for his mix-media piece entitled Wi and Dem – a work based on events surrounding the Tivoli incursion of May 2010. Presenting the award was Ms Latoy Williams, Claro Media Manager. Also in attendance to the presentation was Mrs Sana Rose-Savage, representing the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Dr Veerle Poupeye Executive Director of the National Gallery, Dr David Boxer, Chief Curator and Mr O’Neil Lawrence, Assistant Curator.

2011 Claro Viewer's Vote Award ceremony - from left to right: David Boxer, O'Neil Lawrence, Sana Rose-Savage, Dwight Larmond, Latoy Williams, Veerle Poupeye

A regular participant of the National Visual Arts Competition as well as the National Biennial (both of which he began entering in 2008), the confident and driven Dwight Larmond is a self-taught artist with vision of social change through artistic collaboration. This was evident in his 2008 biennial entry Team Roots which was comprised of clays from each of Jamaica’s fourteen parishes. A used car salesman and avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Larmond emphatically states that art is central to his life.

Have a look at this video, recorded at the opening of the exhibition’s traveling showcase at the St Mary Civic Centre on September 27,  to get a sense of how viewers have responded to Dwight Larmond’s work:

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Invitation – 2011 National Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

The forty-eighth annual staging of the National Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition will take place on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Mrs. Kay Anderson, Lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts will deliver the feature address at the opening ceremony and declare the exhibition officially open to the public. The exhibition, which represents the combined efforts of the JCDC and the National Gallery, will feature 107 award winning works by experienced and emerging artists.

The art on display will include a new collection of award winning Jamaican photographs, drawings, paintings, videos, ceramics, collages, sculptures and mixed media works created by 76 artists.  The works have achieved medals, merit certificates, certificates of participation and sectional prizes.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and Claro have come back on board as sponsors of the programme.  The public will have the opportunity to select their favourite artwork to help determine the winner of the Viewers’ Vote Prize through text voting provided by Claro from July 17-30.

Interested persons can view the work at the National Gallery until August 20, Tuesdays to Thursdays -10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays -10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Traveling Showcase across the island featuring the top awarded artworks from this year’s competition will begin on September 27 and culminate on December 9.