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.

Carl Abrahams (1913-2005)

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...

Stanley Barnes

Stanley Barnes’ talent as a painter was recognised quickly at the Jamaica School of Art, but, as painting tutor Kofi Kayiga noted in his term report, his progress was marred by a tendency to be mischevious and an arrogance that made him unwilling to conform or comply with regular attendence at classes. His dismissive approach to formal tuition seemed not to harm his artistic development. Even before Stanley Barnes had graduated his work was shown in a travelling exhibition of Jamaican art to the United States and Canada, giving credence to his precocious skills.

After graduation, Stanley Barnes proved that he was ready to take on the Jamaican art world. As Petrona Morrison of the National Gallery was to later record . “In the following years he consistently demonstrated a committment to his art, exhibiting extensively...

Cecil Baugh

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 storage. Along with a fellow potter...

Lillian Blades

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.

 

Valerie Bloomfield

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 brought a sense of energy and verve to her work that gave it a sense of modernity appropriate to the that era. In addition, her use of colour, particularly her...