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  • The Ministry of Youth and Culture notes with regret and sadness the passing of two of Jamaica’s cultural pioneers who have undoubtedly made significant contributions to the cultural and creative industries over the years.
  • Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna said Mr Watson and Mr Carter’s contribution to the development of Jamaica’s cultural landscape has been truly outstanding and their works have been representative of the best of the Jamaican life and culture.
  • The Ministry has extended sincere condolences to the Watson and Carter families.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture notes with regret and sadness the passing of two of Jamaica’s cultural pioneers who have undoubtedly made significant contributions to the cultural and creative industries over the years.

Barrington Watson, lauded as one of the most influential post-Independence artistic figures, passed away at his home in Kingston last evening. Watson, from the 1950s to present created 259 pieces through paintings and works on paper. His most well known works include masterpieces such as: Mother and Child (1958-59), Washer Women (1966, on cover), Athlete’s Nightmare (1966), and Conversation (1981) and other major works from private and corporate collections.

George Carter, known to many as ‘Mr C’ is known for his contributions to the Jamaican theatre industry and is remembered as a dedicated member of Jamaica’s cultural development landscape, who began making his contribution to the creative industry in the 1940s with his association with the Pantomime.

Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna said Mr Watson and Mr Carter’s contribution to the development of Jamaica’s cultural landscape has been truly outstanding and their works have been representative of the best of the Jamaican life and culture.

“I am indeed saddened by the pasting of these two cultural icons. Both Barrington and George not only dedicated their lives to expressing their own unique creativity while building a legacy of their own but also dedicated their lives to enhancing and promoting Jamaica’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. The Ministry of Youth and Culture, is committed to ensuring that their works are known by generations to come. May the next generation of cultural practitioners be inspired by their works and selfless contributions,” the Minister added.

The Ministry has extended sincere condolences to the Watson and Carter families.

Barrington Watson was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in 2000.

George Carter received the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) in 2011.