Two of Jamaica’s noted icons passed away at the turn of 2010. As accomplished artists, both, Professor Ralston Miller “Rex Nettleford” and master painter Albert Huie, interesting enough had been working at books on their work and passions. These books, a part of their legacy, are now available and are ideal collectors’ item, whether you are interested in the work of either icon, culture of Jamaica, or simply the men themselves.
The professor’s work is on the National Dance Theatre Company(NDTC) he co-founded with several others, whilst Albert Huie wrote about his own work as a master painter.
Both artists through their work reflected much abot Jamaica’s culture through their creative strokes either in performing, or visual or literary expressions.
On the NDTC
Released this week is “DANCE JAMAICA – Renewal and Continuity – The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica 1962 – 2008” by Rex Nettleford. This is the story of how a group of unpaid dancers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians became one of the most influential cultural voices of the Third World.
It is a stunning 318 page work full of black & white and colour photographs as well as appendices that contain the entire repertoire of works (1962 – 2008) catalogued by year, as well as all the tours from1963 – 2008.
It is a follow-up to Dance Jamaica, the 1985 book which covered the first 22 years of the group and features photography by Maria LaYacona.
The professor died on February 2 in Washington DC.
Master painter Albert Huie
Master painter, one of Jamaica’s most revered painters, recorded a full length critique of his work in the book “Father of Jamaican Painting.” The book starts with a brief introduction of his background and work. Then it offers full page colour prints of each of his pieces. Perfect for either a collector or a novice seeking an introduction to Jamaican painting.
The master painter died on January 31, also in the United States.
In a release on his death, Minister of Culture Olivia Grange said “his iconic portraits, landscapes and scenes from daily life revolutionised the way Jamaicans represented themselves in art and rightly earned him the designation of Father of Jamaican Painting.”
His work is hung in the National Gallery.
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