Caribbean Artists A-Z

View my articles about Caribbean and Diaspora Artists. Research over 100 artists, their sites and thumbnails of their art work in alphabetical order. Click on artists names for links to the full story or artists' websites or watch videos. Students, cite this material with appropriate references guided by copyright. 'Fair use' allows you to use images in thumbnail size only.

Born in 1913, Abrahams like so many schoolboys took up caricaturing his schoolmasters while in his teens at Calabar College. Similarly, he applied his skills to drawing automobiles (the rage of that era) and emulated his father who also created car designs. It was a schoolboy talent that he was reluctant to outgrow and encouraged by his headmaster Rev. Ernest Price he began copying old master paintings as well as documenting local Jamaican scenes. In addition, he became fascinated with spiritual and mythical topics and tried to depict the scenes he visualized from his reading of the Bible and Greek classics. These are the themes that he would return to repeatedly during his long career as...

Blue Curry is a Bahamian born artist currently working in London where he completed his M.F.A. at Goldsmiths University. Trained initially as a  photographer, his work has now expanded to large scale installations and assemblages that demonstrate his eye for minimalism and the curated space. His most recent works, forming part of his M.F.A display are sculptural in feel and whimsical in content. Palm fronds, created from welded steel and plastic, question his current sense of location and dislocation. Meanwhile his accompanying videos that  focus on the Caribbean landscape, lost, found and represented, critique notions of discovery and the claiming of space. Combined, his multi-...

Although his post-graduate training was received from several notable institutions abroad such as the California College of Arts and Crafts and Spellman College, Atlanta, Georgia, Christopher Gonzales can claim an art-historical lineage that references his earliest influences from the Jamaica School of Art. As one of the first students to graduate from the institution, his works reverently acknowledges the symbolism of Edna Manley, and the paintings of his tutor Barrington Watson. Yet, none of these influences overshadow the distinctive aesthetic in Gonzales’ work. His sculptures demonstrate strength of character and motifs that sometimes even sets him at odds with his viewing public.His...

In an era when pottery was still regarded as a lesser art form Cecil Baugh was a pioneer in educating Jamaican art lovers and gaining their respect for its fine art status. Cecil Baugh first developed an interest in clay making and ceramics as a young man living in Kingston. His first contact came through the Trenchfield sisters who lived in his Mountain View community. Originally from St Elizabeth, the sister made ‘yabbas’ in the traditional African way, and Baugh who had never seen these techniques in his home parish of Portland, became fascinated. He also recognized that making pots was a lucrative business, especially in the days before refrigeration when ‘yabbas’ were used for cool...

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Blades attended the College of The Bahamas and received the Chris Blackwell Junkanoo Scholarship enabling her to complete her BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design in 1968. In 1999, she attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and completed her MFA the following year at Georgia State University. She has participated in several group and solo shows including A Return to the Womb (2000), Can You Hear Me Shout (2002) and Strange Fruit (2002). She recently completed a commission for the Hartsfield International Airport, Concourse E, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Born in Scotland, Valerie Bloomfield studied in Glasgow and moved to Jamaica as a young artist. She began to exhibit regularly in group exhibitions and quickly established a name for herself because of her unerring sense of realism and ability to capture likeness. During the 1970s she became one of Jamaica’s most sought after portrait painters, particularly amongst Jamaica’s upper class elites.  But her work was most endearing when she was painting artists and friends such as Barrington Watson, Kofi Kayiga and John Maxwell. These works have become important historical records of that artistic milieu.Despite her academic training, Bloomfield’s work was never traditional. Rather, she...

  As an influential artist as well as the Chief Curator (Director Emeritus) of the National Gallery of Jamaica, David Boxer has had a significant impact on Jamaica’s art and its artists. He has consciously steered Jamaican art in new directions.Boxer studied at medical school in the US, later switching to complete his doctorate in art history. He has had no formal art training. Nevertheless, his artistic vocabulary is sophisticated, stemming from an interest in artists such as Francis Bacon, Joseph Cornell and Joseph Beuys. He now works increasingly in series and was one of the first Jamaican artists to move ‘of the wall’ into environmental and installation art. Canvas, paper, boxes,...

As a practicing artist during the 1980s and 90s, I belonged to that generation of young women who owed a great deal to Hope Brooks as a mentor, role model and as a creator of a type of feminist art peculiar to the Caribbean region. In those days, our feminism did not shout its protests, rather it was manifest in quiet multi-layered surfaces that smoldered internally and made statements revealed over time. As I have noted elsewhere, during the 1980s: “ …feminism was a luxury and ‘female bonding’ was not encouraged. That tacit code of silence that seems to be an inevitable aspect of middle class morality also pervaded the arts. Perhaps one visible manifestation of this was the prevalence of...

Everald Brown's art and spirituality are intricately bound together. His painting, sculptures and patterned musical instruments, become more vivid as his understanding of his environment, the world and his place in the universe matures. His complex spiritual beliefs that come from a Baptist upbringing and his rastafarian faith, are reflected in imagery full of biblical references, signs, symbols and historical anecdotes. Now into his eighties, the wisdom and skill of his paintings show that he is an artist of special intuition and vision; a true elder of Jamaican art. Born in 1917, Everald Brown's spiritual path takes a clear trajectory from a confining orthodoxy under...

Stan Burnside received his BFA and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. In the 1970s he worked in the United States painting and designing album covers for notable R&B artists. After returning to the Bahamas, he distinguished himself as an art teacher at the College of The Bahamas, as a cartoonist with SideBurns commentary, as a principle designer for the Saxon Superstars and later the One Family Junkanoo groups, and as a founder and co-creator of the artist collectives B-CAUSE and Jammin. In addition to his early shows in The Bahamas, Burnside has exhibited widely in venues such as Paris and Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, Ecuador, Bermuda, Cuba, Washington DC, Venezuela and the Dominican...