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The Jamaica Observer in its 20th year reflects with former Lifestyle Editor Tamara Scott-Williams, on five artists who have influenced in the past 20 years and the five who will in the next two decades.
Five in the last 20 years
1 The Forerunners - Because they forged a visual art history for Jamaica and continue to inspire us daily.
2 Barrington Watson - Because at 82 he still kicks ass and has created an artistic legacy that lives on through Basil, Raymond, Jan and Kai.
3 Laura Facey - Because there's no stopping her and because she made "go large or go home" a credo before it became a cliché. And because she tells her truth in a divinely inspired way.
4 Dr David Boxer - Because his acumen and tenacity as a curator created a National Gallery of Jamaica whose treasures are unrivalled in the
entire Caribbean and because he forged an entirely new art vocabulary by recognising the talent of our Intuitive artists.
5 Charles Campbell - Because we've seen him grow from a gentle voice to a quiet force that generously speaks up for and behalf of young Jamaican artists.
And for the next 20...
1 Ebony Patterson - What's next for Ebony after her huge rise over the last few years? Only Ebony knows, but no doubt she'll keep jump-starting
those difficult conversations we need to have about our identity.
2 Jasmine Thomas Girvan - Because art doesn't always need to be loud or controversial; it can say what it wants and still be refined and elegant.
3 Phillip Thomas - Because his works are museum pieces and he's made the painstaking labour of the "old master" painting style very cool again.
4 Marvin Bartley - Because his powers of persuasion result in ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the sake of producing compelling works of photographic art.
5 Leasho Johnson - Because Leasho acknowledges our art history in his works and remains delightfully upbeat when he tells us the sad news: the more things change the more they stay the same.
Laura Facey with Radiant Comb 2011
Cedar 60x40x30 (photo): Melinda Brown
Dr David Boxer
from The Bush
Girvan — Occupy
Marvin Bartley —
(Photo courtesy of
the National Gallery)
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