Barrington Watson Lecture – October 13, 2011

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, the Jamaican master artist Barrington Watson presented a major public lecture at the NGJ. This lecture was presented as part of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference,  a project of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts on which the NGJ collaborated.

We are now pleased to present video footage of the lecture:

Part 1

Part 2

Selected Questions


NGJ to Host Barrington Watson Lecture on October 13

Barrington Watson - Washer Women (1966), Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery of Jamaica, in association with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and on the occasion of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, is pleased to present a public lecture by Jamaican Master Artist Professor the Honourable Barrington Watson, CD, OJ on Thursday, October 13. The lecture will start at 2 pm and is held at the National Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston (entrance on Orange Street). Professor Watson will speak about his life and work and his views on art in Jamaica. The lecture is free and open to the public and all interested persons are cordially invited.

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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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2010 National Biennial: Silver Musgrave Medalist Gaston Tabois

The Jamaican Intuitive painter Gaston Tabois in 2010 received a Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica, the NGJ’s parent organization. As has become customary for artists who have been awarded Musgrave medals, the 2010 National Biennial includes a special tribute exhibition of his work. Below is the citation for Gaston Tabois’ Silver Musgrave medal.

Gaston Tabois – Road Menders (1956), Collection: NGJ

The Institute of Jamaica recognizes Gaston Tabois for outstanding merit in the field of Art.

Born in Trout Hall, Clarendon in 1924, Tabois’ early years were spent on his parents small farm in the village of Rock River, a few miles from Chapelton, where as an only child he received the full attention of a doting mother who instilled in him a sense of order, discipline and of pride in completing every set task with a maximum of constructive effort. The late Gloria Escoffery, author of a memorable account of Tabois’ journey as an artist, adds other early lessons from his mother:

Today Tabois has his mother to thank not only for the moral
standards she set for him…, but also for the example of those nimble
fingers as they brought to life the intricate designs she embroidered
on the bridal gowns of Rock River belles (…) without realizing that
he was learning, Tabois came to understand the importance of
planning, of careful craftsmanship, of giving thought to the
materials, or ground on which one worked, the tools and medium
one selects for a particular job.

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