Remembering Barry Watson

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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TODAY, a special ceremony will be held at the home of late master artist Barrington Watson at the Orange Park Great House in Yallahs, St Thomas.

It is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start.

According to his widow Doreen, the occasion will be a special one.

"It’ll be a lovely afternoon dedicated to the memory of Barry Watson. We will be having an unveiling of a monument dedicated to Mr Watson... This is my gift to him and his ashes will be placed in the monument. There will also be a bit of poetry reading by filmmaker Lennie Little-White and speeches by family members," she told the Sunday Observer.

In 2015, Little-White released a documentary on the artist entitled They Called Me Barrington.

Born in Hanover, Watson attended Kingston College where he excelled at football.

Despite being discouraged by his father, he enrolled in the Royal College of Art in London. He continued his studies in Amsterdam and Spain.

He returned to Jamaica in 1962 and became the first director of studies at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts (now part of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts).

Watson was awarded the Institute of Jamaica’s Gold Musgrave Medal and the Order of Jamaica for his contribution to art.

He died of cancer in January 2016. He was 85.

Watson is also survived by four children.

— BB




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