NGJ Summer Exhibition: Tina Spiro

Tina Spiro

Tina Spiro, The Deep, Oil and casein on canvas and driftwood, 7'6_ X 10', 2019 copy

Tina Spiro – The Deep

“The Deep” is dedicated to the sea and our relationship to it. Sadly, we are losing the battle to preserve this essential source of life on our planet, along with all forms of life, and our ability to survive climate change, which is occurring now. 

Yet making art is a joyous process, laced with humor and good will. The small female diver encounters the leviathan, who eyes the viewer with mixed feelings. This somber message is delivered in the cloak of beauty…enjoy and take action.

Facebook: tina.matkovicspiro


Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Tina Spiro

Tina Spiro – DEEP SEE – Phase I (2017)

Here is another post from our Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives.

Tina Spiro is a New York born artist who began her artistic career as the protégé of American sculptor David Smith while she was still an undergraduate student at Skidmore College. She obtained her MFA from Pratt Institute and began her teaching career at Hunter College in NYC. She moved to Jamaica in 1969 but spent a decade in Miami, Florida, from 1999-2009, where she distinguished herself as both an artist and a professor of art. She returned to live in Jamaica in 2009. She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, and was cited by New York artcritic Valerie Gladstone as “one of the most important artists of her generation.” Spiro lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.




Tina Spiro – Majaica (n.d.)

Jamaica Biennial 2014 to Close on March 15 with Artists’ Talks

Artist Talk (Web)

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 is scheduled to close on Sunday, March 15, and to mark the occasion the National Gallery of Jamaica will exceptionally be open from 11 am to 4 pm on that day. A special programme of Artists’ Talks will be presented on that day, starting at 1:30 pm. Admission to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the Artists’ Talks will be free but contributions to our donations box are much appreciated and help to fund exhibitions and programmes such as the Biennial and our Sunday programming.

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 has been a landmark exhibition in several respects and has received significant critical acclaim, in the media and from visitors. Rebranded from what used to be the National Biennial, the Jamaica Biennial 2014 was re-conceptualized to have a more international outlook and to engage local and international audiences more effectively. It is the first Biennial to be judged by international curators – Sara Hermann from the Dominican Republic and Diana Nawi from the Perez Art museum in Miami. It is also the first to include non-Jamaican artists, Blue Curry (Bahamas), James Cooper (Bermuda), Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque (Martinique), Sheena Rose (Barbados), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad), who were invited to participate in the Special Projects section of the exhibition, along with the Jamaican-born Renee Cox. In another first, the Biennial is shown at more than one location: in addition to the main exhibition at the National Gallery itself, this includes Devon House, which features work by Greg Bailey, James Cooper, Laura Facey, Ebony G. Patterson, Oneika Russell, and Cosmo Whyte, and National Gallery West in Montego Bay, which features work from the Sacred Geometry series by Renee Cox. One special project, PARADISE.jpg by Blue Curry, consists of an intervention on the facades of several buildings in Downtown Kingston. Sunday, March 15, represents the last opportunity to see the Jamaica Biennial 2014 in its entirety.

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 is one of the largest exhibitions in the National Gallery’s history and it is arguably its most diverse exhibition to date. This diversity is reflected in the artists who have been invited to participate in the Artists’ Talks, which are divided into two panels. Panel 1, which is presented under the theme “Traditional Media/New Approaches,” explores how artists use traditional media and styles such as representational painting, ceramics and fibre art to produce work that has significant cultural and aesthetic currency in the present moment. This panel features Michael Layne, Tina Spiro, Katrina Coombs, and Samere Tansley and will be chaired by National Gallery Senior Curator O’Neil Lawrence. Panel 2, titled “Mapping the Social Terrain,” explores how artists engage with the social environment and the social and political issues of the 21st century in new, experimental media. This second panel features Sheena Rose, who is visiting Jamaica for the occasion, as well as Camille Chedda, Katherine Silvera-Sunley and Leasho Johnson and will be chaired by Executive Director Veerle Poupeye. Each artist will make a short presentation on their work in the Biennial and its context, followed by an open discussion at the end of each panel. Continue reading