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Writers Who Paint, Painters Who Write

Great writers from all parts of the Caribbean have always created vivid pictures in the minds of the readers of their poetry, novels and essays. What we have here, in this beautiful selection of three contemporary Jamaican multi-talented artists...

£8.99

Author(s)
Jacqueline Bishop, Earl McKenzie, Ralph Thompson
ISBN
9781845230647
Pages
48
Price
£8.99
Classification
Art & Art Criticism, Essays
Setting
Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica
Date published
1 Sep 2007

Great writers from all parts of the Caribbean have always created vivid pictures in the minds of the readers of their poetry, novels and essays. What we have here, in this beautiful selection of three contemporary Jamaican multi-talented artists, is a continuation and strengthening of a long tradition of the concretization of literary allusions in visual form. Jacqueline Bishop, so well known for her poems and her ‘artistic activism’ offers us, in her paintings, a series of delicately evanescent webs. We are reminded here of the random patterns of surf on the sand or the midnight spinnings of a spider. Earl McKenzie’s sober still life paintings have the suggestive power of Giorgio Morandi, one of the greatest masters of the simple object. His up-close images speak in a direct, unadorned fashion of the unexpected complexities of everyday life. Ralph Thompson’s landscapes and figure studies, reminiscent of such powerful masters as Cézanne or the African-American painter Beauford Delaney, demonstrate a remarkable sensitivity to the expressive power of form and color.

Edward J. Sullivan, 
Professor of Art History & Dean for the Humanities
New York University

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Ralph Thompson

Ralph Thompson was born in America in 1928. His family on his mother’s side goes back three generations in Jamaica, a mixture of crypto Jewish (Isaacs) and Irish stock (Fielding). It was staunchly Catholic and claimed to be white. His mother’s marriage lasted only three years and she returned to Jamaica and brought up her two children aided and abetted by a household of intellectually brilliant but poor and highly eccentric aunts and uncles.

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Jacqueline Bishop

Jacqueline Bishop is an award-winning photographer, painter and writer born and raised in Jamaica, who now lives and works in New York City

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Earl McKenzie

In addition to his poetry in Against Linearity (Peepal Tree, 1993) and The Almond Leaf (Peepal Tree, 2008), he is the author of a book of short stories, A Boy Named Ossie: A Jamaican Childhood (Heinemann, 1991), Two Roads to Mount Joyful & Other Stories (Longman, 1992) and Ernest Palmer's Dream and Other Stories (LMH, 2014). His work has appeared in the following anthologies: Caribbean New Wave; The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories and Perspectives.

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