Paul Morrison’s Review Of The National Biennial At The National Gallery Of Jamaica


o-access JAMAICA’S guest blogger for an Art post is Paul Morrison.  Paul is a marketing & art advisory consultant living in Kingston, Jamaica. Check out Paul’s review of the National Biennial.

Ghetto Mother & Child Remix by Leasho Johnson

The National Gallery kicked off its 2012 Biennial in fine style and drew quite a crowd, possibly wanting to see what it had to show in in Jamaica’s 50th year as an independent nation.

Over 86 artists featured 126 works, and it seems, to my untrained eye that more emerging artists were featured this time around. The artwork displayed a reflective journey of Jamaica’s past and heritage and little hint of the future.

Di Real Big Man by Ebony G Patterson


From all indication, the creative ticket will continue to be pushed further in 2014.  Jasmine Thomas-Girvan emerged as this year’s winner of the Aarom Matalon award. The award is comprised of committee members of the NGJ and awarded to the artist who is thought to have made the most outstanding contribution to the biennial. Thomas-Girvan submitted two pieces to the Biennial, Dreaming Backwards and Occupy (Alchemy of Promise).

If you still haven’t been to the National Gallery’s Biennial yet, there’s still time to see it before it ends March 9, 2013.

And remember, it is now also open on Sundays.

Follow Paul Morrison on twitter @Musegrp

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