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National Gallery of Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica
Official website: National Gallery of Jamaica

One of the most important galleries dedicated to Jamaican and Caribbean art, in the Caribbean region itself and beyond. The National Gallery of Jamaica opened in November, 1974. Its declated aim was “to assemble the finest of our works and in so doing make it accessible to all peoples.” (Vera Hyatt, Preface, Ten Jamaican Sculptors, Commonwealth Institute, London, September 4th - 28th, 1975)

From the gallery’s website (natgalja.org.jm/about/, accessed 11 September 2016)

“The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings. A significant part of its collections is on permanent view. The NGJ also has an active exhibitions programme, which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibitions, guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions that originate outside of the island, and the premier national exhibition, the Jamaica Biennial. The NGJ offers a range of educational services, including guided tours, lectures and panel discussions, and children’s art programmes and also operates a gift shop and coffee shop.

The NGJ has recently opened a branch in Montego Bay, National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. The programme there comprises exhibitions that were specifically curated for the site and others that are derived from or related to our Kingston exhibitions. Tours are offered at National Gallery West and a children’s art programme is presently under development.

The National Gallery of Jamaica is a division of the Institute of Jamaica, Ministry of Youth and Culture.”

The National Gallery of Jamaica was the venue for Cricket, Lovely Cricket | The Cricket paintings of Barrington Watson, March 10th - April 28th, 2007.

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1977

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Solo show at National Gallery of Jamaica. 1976 - 1977

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Born, 1886 - 1896 (probably 1891) in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Died, 1947

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Born, 1931 in Lucea, Jamaica. Died, 2016

Cricket, Lovely Cricket

Solo show at National Gallery of Jamaica. 2007
Date: 10 March, 2007 until 28 April, 2007
Curator: Dr. David Boxer
Organiser: National Gallery of Jamaica

The National Gallery of Jamaica was the venue for Cricket, Lovely Cricket | The Cricket paintings of Barrington Watson, March 10th - April 28th, 2007. the exhibition brought together Watson’s paintings celebrating the game of cricket, one of the most popular sports in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. The exhibition was scheduled to coincide with the Cricket World Cup, which took place in the Caribbean between 13 March and 28 April.

The exhibition catalogue featured a number of reproductions of Watson’s work, together with quotes from the artist, reflecting his opinions and musings on the game of cricket. Dr. Jonathan Greenland, Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, wrote the Foreword. “For its part Jamaica has achieved success in sport out of all proportion to its size and, as part of the West Indies cricket team, has enjoyed considerable success against the other cricket-playing countries. Barrington Watson, a Jamaican artist famous for his draughtsmanship and love of the human form, has turned his passion for sport into an artistic form.”

 

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2007

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Born, 1931 in Lucea, Jamaica. Died, 2016

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Kingston, Jamaica

Cricket, Lovely Cricket

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2007
Published by: National Gallery of Jamaica
Year published: 2007
Number of pages: 8
Unpaginated.

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The National Gallery of Jamaica was the venue for Cricket, Lovely Cricket | The Cricket paintings of Barrington Watson, March 10th - April 28th, 2007. the exhibition brought together Watson’s paintings celebrating the game of cricket, one of the most popular sports in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. The exhibition was scheduled to coincide with the Cricket World Cup, which took place in the Caribbean between 13 March and 28 April.

The exhibition catalogue featured a number of reproductions of Watson’s work, together with quotes from the artist, reflecting his opinions and musings on the game of cricket. Dr. Jonathan Greenland, Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, wrote the Foreword. “For its part Jamaica has achieved success in sport out of all proportion to its size and, as part of the West Indies cricket team, has enjoyed considerable success against the other cricket-playing countries. Barrington Watson, a Jamaican artist famous for his draughtsmanship and love of the human form, has turned his passion for sport into an artistic form.”

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Born, 1931 in Lucea, Jamaica. Died, 2016

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Kingston, Jamaica

John Dunkley

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1977
Published by: National Gallery of Jamaica
Year published: 1977
Number of pages: 21

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Important catalogue of exhibition of paintings and sculptures by self-taught artist John Dunkley (b. Jamaica, 1891-1947) held at National Gallery of Jamaica, December 9 1976 - February 19 1977. Extensively illustrated with plates of the artist’s work, and photographs of his sculpture. Catalogue dimensions are 255mm x 215mm. Dunkley left a relatively small number of paintings (apparently fewer than 50) spanning little more than a decade, mostly imagined landscapes full of hidden symbolism, others depictions of street scenes or activities he observed or copied in his paintings, all resonating with Dunkley’s trademark surrealist renderings of vegetation and humanity. After a memorial exhibition in 1947 and a joint Dunkley/ (Henry) Daley exhibition in 1960 - both at the Institute of Jamaica - Dunkley was virtually a forgotten artist, but is now a well-regarded figure in the history of Jamaican art. This exhibition was an important part of Dunkley’s posthumous embrace as an important figure. The catalogue’s preface was written by the Gallery’s Director David Boxer, embellished by a variety of texts by individuals such as Sir Philip Sherlock, Cassie Fraser Dunkley, Edna and Norman Manley.

From David Boxer’s Preface: “I could say that these are paintings which would have been a special delight to the Surrealists had they known of them, but we are not all amateur freudians searching for the dark secrets that spawn the unique creativity of an artist like Dunkley. And to speak at length of his obvious phallic consciousness and his obvious preoccupation with that linkage of eroticism and death, that basic instinctual dualism, the Eros/Thantos conflict which Freud defined (“the ultimate explanation of the human neurosis”) may perhaps be a barrier to those who would delight instead in the delicacy of the paintings’ tapestry-like surfaces and in the highly sophisticated spatial organization of the works.”

In the main, the catalogue text consisted of extracts of appreciations of Dunkley and his work, written at various times in history, from 1948 onwards.

Contents as follows:

Preface, David Boxer

Appreciation, 1976, Sir Philip Sherlock (former Secretary of the Institute of Jamaica)

Life of John Dunkley, by Cassie Dunkley (Reprinted from the catalogue of the “Memorial Anniversary Exhibition of the late John Dunkley, Artist and Sculptor”, 1948

Appreciation, Edna Manley

Appreciation, Norman Manley (excerpt from a Speech to Parliament, 1962)

Catalogue - paintings, with a note. “The dates of most of Dunkley’s works are unknown.”

Catalogue - sculpture

Appreciation - Sunday Gleaner, February 15th, 1948

Appreciation - Vic Reid, From a review of the Dunkley Memorial Exhibition, 1948, the Daily Gleaner, 19th Feb. 1948

Appreciation, Norman Rae, from “A Legacy”, the Daily Gleaner, April 30, 1960

Appreciation, Ignacy Eker, from “Inner Vision”, the Sunday Gleaner, May 29, 1960

Appreciation, Edwin Tood, from “Dunkley”, Jamaica Journal Vol. 2 No. 3, Sept. 1968

Appreciation, John Wood, Jamaica Palette, 1955

Appreciation, Basil McFarlane, from “An Introduction to Jamaican Art”

Appreciation, Hugh Dunphy, 1976

Appreciation, Carl Abrahams, December, 1974

Appreciation, David Boxer, in an address at the opening of the exhibition “Eight Jamaican Primitives”, Havana, 1976

Appreciation, Edmund B. Gaither, from Jamaican Art Since the Thirties, Atlanta, 1969

Chronology

Supporting Members, Sustaining Members, other exhibition details

Catalogue extensively illustrated throughout, with plates of paintings, and photographs of sculpture.

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Born, 1886 - 1896 (probably 1891) in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Died, 1947

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Solo show at National Gallery of Jamaica. 1976 - 1977

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»  National Gallery of Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica

John Dunkley

Solo show at National Gallery of Jamaica. 1976 - 1977
Date: 9 December, 1976 until 19 February, 1977
Curator: Dr David Boxer
Organiser: National Gallery of Jamaica

Hugely important exhibition of work by early Jamaican Intuitive, John Dunkley, that took place at the National Gallery of Jamaica, when it was located at previous premises - 26 Hope Road, kingston 10. 

Dunkley left a relatively small number of paintings (apparently fewer than 50) spanning little more than a decade, mostly imagined landscapes full of hidden symbolism, others depictions of street scenes or activities he observed or copied in his paintings, all esonating with Dunkley’s trademark surrealist renderings of vegetation and humanity. After a memorial exhibition in 1947 and a joint Dunkley/ (Henry) Daley exhibition in 1960 - both at the Institute of Jamaica - Dunkley was virtually a forgotten artist, but is now a well-regarded figure in the history of Jamaican art. This exhibition was an important part of Dunkley’s posthumous embrace as an important figure. The catalogue’s preface was written by the Gallery’s Director David Boxer, embellished by a variety of texts by individuals such as SirPhilip Sherlock, Cassie Fraser Dunkley, Edna and Norman Manley.

From David Boxer’s Preface the 1977 National Gallery of Jamaica catalogue: “I could say that these are paintings which would have been a special delight to the Surrealists had they known of them, but we are not all amateur freudians searching for the dark secrets that spawn the unique creativity of an artist like Dunkley. And to speak at length of his obvious phallic consciousness and his obvious preoccupation with that linkage of eroticism and death, that basic instinctual dualism, the Eros/Thantos conflict which Freud defined (“the ultimate explanation of the human neurosis”) may perhaps be a barrier to those who would delight instead in the delicacy of the paintings’ tapestry-like surfaces and in the highly sophisticated spatial organization of the works.”

 

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1977

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»  John Dunkley

Born, 1886 - 1896 (probably 1891) in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Died, 1947

Exhibition venues

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Kingston, Jamaica