Art & Design

Eyedealist’s death-to-life view of Kingston Streets

Matthew McCarthy Eyedealist Paint Jamaica

The artist with one of his works on Fleet Street, downtown Kingston.

Situated inside Parade Gardens, this empty warehouse has been a place of killing and rapes; and colourful as it is today, police must still hold a peacekeeping presence on a nearby corner. It’s spaces like it that Matthew McCarthy AKA Eyedealist is fascinated with transforming and seeing the impact. An abandoned lot in Cross Roads home to his biggest mural is now under development, on its way to becoming a shopping plaza. Not that he’s taking credit, just a smile at the thought of how his working might have changed how people view their surroundings and possibilities in life. Continue reading

Art & Design

Afflicted Yard X Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival – Peter Dean Rickards Tribute RIP

StudioFilmClub's Peter Doig and The Afflicted Yard's Peter Dean Rickards

For Pete’s sake… StudioFilmClub’s Peter Doig (left) and Peter Dean Rickards of The Afflicted Yard.

Five years back, Peter was invited to this same venue (Studio Film Club, Port of Spain) and to be honest he was a little apprehensive about visiting Trinidad. You see like any goood red-blooded Jamaican man, he couldn’t stand soca.


Yet just hours after touching down he sends this message: “Yow! The dancehall! All they play is dancehall…but way, way better selection than in Kingston!”

So when the Jamaica Film Festival doesn’t invite you; yet the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival does – maybe there’s a pattern…that perhaps you value our island’s creativity more than we do.

So thank you for this opportunity to be here to show and give a brief talk about Peter’s work, which has influenced the work of others throughout the Caribbean and inspired those from outside to visit our small island.

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Art & Design, First

National Gallery of Jamaica X FIRST

The Art A[u]ction for Haiti Committee, in association with the Edna Manley Foundation, the National Gallery of Jamaica, Hi-Qo Galleries, Harmony Hall, the Mutual Gallery and Art Centre, and Roktowa, is pleased to present: Art A[u]ction for Haiti, a fundraiser to assist with the recovery of the Haitian art world.

Included in the auction will be prints by FIRST photographers Peter Dean Rickards and Marlon ‘Biggybigz’ Reid.

The proceeds of this benefit will support the reconstruction and revival of the Centre d’Art, and the sculptors’ collective of the Grand Rue inner city community, which had in December 2009 hosted the Ghetto Biennale in which Jamaica’s Ebony Patterson participated. A portion of the proceeds will also go the upcoming residency of nine Haitian artists, including three Grand Rue sculptors, at the Roktowa studio facility in West Kingston.

The sale section consists of works of art that will be offered at fixed price and that will be on view at the National Gallery, along with the auction preview, from Wednesday, April 14 to Sunday, April 18. Viewing and sales hours are: Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am to 4:30 pm, Friday: 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 3 pm.

See the National Gallery of Jamaica blog for the full catalogue.