In Cayman, the Art of Jamaica


Above: “Young Mothers,” Karl Parboosingh, 1965, oil on hardboard.

By the Caribbean Journal staff

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands takes a look at the art of Jamaica in the 1960s and 1970s.

This period of significant social and political upheaval in the country also saw a proliferation of art, particularly by Jamaican masters like Edna MAnley, Albert Huie and David Pottinger, among others.

The collection includes 35 works on loan from the National Gallery of Jamaica, curated by National Gallery of Jamaica Director Dr Veerle Poupeye and Acting Senior Curator O’Neil Lawrence.

Works exhibited will cross several “media, styles and genres,” according to the gallery, from the aforementioned masters to self-trained painters.

“The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is delighted host Jamaica Art: 1960s & 1970s from the collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica,” said NGCI Director Natalie Urquhart in a release. “This exhibition marks an important international collaboration between NGCI and NGJ, and it is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the long-standing social, cultural and economic relationships between our two countries.”

The exhibition, which officially begins Saturday, lasts through May 15.

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