Tanya Batson-Savage | Friday, March 3rd, 2017
The vibrant, energetic interpretations of Jamaican history, lifestyle, and culture, especially music, that went into the late Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson’s distinctive designs, now greets passengers arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Ba
Tanya Batson-Savage | Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
In his first solo exhibition, Belasario and the Soundboy, Leasho Johnson draws a pulsating, drum and bass laden line between Jamaica’s colonial/plantation history, tourism and contemporary Jamaican sexuality as it is often uncovered in dancehall.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Bristol, the city of Banksy, Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky is getting its feel of the steady yet exhilarating pulse beat of Jamaican art.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, December 6th, 2015
This is the age of pop-ups, when entities shed the restrictive confines of specific brick and mortar spaces and chose mobility instead. The visual arts in Jamaica have now joined that movement with the introduction of Red Easel.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, September 6th, 2015
Once again the downstairs galleries of the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston are crackling with the vibrant energies of ten of Jamaica’s emerging artists.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Ten emerging visual artists have been selected for Young Talent 2015, which, bouyed by the musical stylings of Jah9, will open at the National Gallery of Jamaica on August 30, 2015. First staged 30 years ago in 1985, Young Talent is growing up.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, June 14th, 2015
The Edna Manley School of the Visual Arts recently graduated its largest, if not its most striking, cohort in a decade. The exhibition curated from the students’ final art projects opened on Saturday, June 6, 2015 and features the work of 55 artists.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
The National Gallery of Jamaica opened Explorations 3: Seven Women Artists last Sunday. The subtitle ‘Seven Women Artists’ is awkward and shambles uncomfortably off the tongue. This discomfiture evident in the very name is deliberate.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Chronixx, Protoje, Jah 9, Kabaka Pyramid, Raging Fire and Nomaddz are hailed as the voices of the Reggae Revival. But there is also a visual arm, declared in the works of Matthew McCarthy and his New Jamaica Collective, who use a style built on the urbanized ethos of graffiti.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Olivia McGilchrist returned to the island of her birth, Jamaica, in 2011 and since then her pursuit of an understanding of her identity has graffitied itself onto the Jamaican artistic landscape to great acclaim.