Diversity, dynamism at National Biennial

Diversity, dynamism at National Biennial

Written by Editor

Topics: Art & Photography

The 2012 edition of the National Biennial, which commenced on December 9 at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) and will run until March 9, is a must see for Jamaicans as well as visitors to the island. Featuring 126 works by 86 artists, as well as the NGJ’s permanent exhibitions, the National Biennial is “a temporary exhibition that reflects a healthy diversity of themes, styles and approaches…and comprises of work in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, collage, illustration, assemblage, installation, ceramics, photography, video, animation and textiles.”

Dreaming Backwards

"Dreaming Backwards" - Jasmine Thomas-Girvan (mixed media), Winner of the 2012 Aaron Matalon Award at the National Biennial


"Occupy (Alchemy of Promise)" - Jasmine Thomas-Girvan (mixed media)

Fifty of the artists taking part in the exhibition were invited while the other 36 entered through the jury system. All participating artists qualify for the coveted Aaron Matalon Award for outstanding contribution to the Biennial, and this year the award was won by Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, a jeweller and sculptor.

The National Biennial showcases work created in the last two years. Its format is currently being re-evaluated with a view to creating “a multi-site, international Kingston Biennial by 2016”.

Moses - 2012 National Biennial

"Moses" by Judy Ann Macmillan

Yellow Cake Crossfire

"Yellow Cake Crossfire" - Michael 'Flyn' Elliott (acrylic on canvas)

Di Real Big Man

"Di Real Big Man" - Ebony G. Patterson

Colonised Self #2 - 2012 National Biennial

"Colonised Self #2" - Alicia Brown


Patrons examine one of the images in Marvin Bartley's polyptych "Playground".


"Buddha" - Gene Pearson


"Negro Aroused (Version III)" - Edna Manley

Radiant Red

"De hangin of Phibbah An Her Private Parts An De Bone Yard" - Laura Facey

Reclining Nude

Barrington Watson's "Reclining Nude"

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