Barrington Watson: A life in paint

Repeating Islands

As its contribution to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts’ inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference — ‘The Arts: Catalyst for Caribbean Development’ — the National Gallery of Jamaica hosted, on Thursday, a public lecture by Jamaican Master Painter Professor the Hon Barrington Watson, CD, OJ. Tamara Scott-Williams, writing for Jamaica’s Observer.

In a nutshell, Barrington’s bio is this*: he was born in Lucea, Hanover in 1931. He was educated at the Royal College of Art, London (1958-1960) and continued his study of the works of European masters at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Academia de las Bellas Artes in Madrid and other major European art schools. He returned to Jamaica in 1962 to become the first director of studies at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts (now part of the Edna Manley College) and spearheaded a new curriculum which allowed graduating artists to filter into…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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