Albert Huie is dead

Monday, February 01, 2010    

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JAMAICAN master painter Albert Huie died in Baltimore, Maryland yesterday after a long illness. He was 89.

Huie, regarded as one Jamaica's foremost artists, earned local and international acclaim for his works, many of which are represented in private, corporate and public collections, including the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Among his major paintings on permanent view at the National Gallery is Crop Time.

Yesterday, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Olivia Grange expressed deep regret at Huie's passing and praised him for his "immense contribution to the development of Jamaican art, as one of the pioneers of the national art movement".

"His iconic portraits, landscapes and scenes from daily life revolutionised the way Jamaicans represented themselves in art and rightly earned him the designation of 'Father of Jamaican Painting'," a release from Grange's office quoted her as saying.

Minister Grange extended her condolences to Huie's widow Phyllis, his daughters Evelyn, Christine and Alicia and the rest of his family and friends.

Huie was born in Falmouth, Trelawny on December 31, 1920. He moved to Kingston when he was 16 years old and his talent quickly captured the attention of key figures in the early Jamaican art movement, such as H Delves Molesworth, the then secretary of the Institute of Jamaica, and Edna Manley.

He received formal training in art at Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, and Camberwell School of Art in London.




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