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Jamaican artist, Errol ‘Elgo’ Lewis has paid tribute to Jamaican international reggae artist, Annette Brissett, in an art exhibition now on show at the African American Art Research Library and Cultural Centre (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition, which will last until September 15, features 25 paintings done by Elgo, forming a range of works inspired by Brissett’s songs, each with the corresponding lyrics posted to it.
Elgo chose Brissett’s songs as his theme because he “was inspired by her great talent as a composer, singer and musician”.
Using a synthesis of modern and traditional art to understand the relevance of the songs throughout the exhibition, Elgo explained that he was motivated by the consistency and humility in her lyrics.
Miss Brissett’s musical career began in 1970 when she migrated to the USA, and now resides in South Florida and Philadelphia.
Among her many compositions is the well-known recording, ‘I Shall Sing’, sung by international reggae superstar, Marcia Griffiths.
Elgo himself is a widely acclaimed international artist, and is currently the President of the Western Jamaica Society of Fine Arts (WJSOFA). He has exhibited works throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Africa, where several of his pieces are displayed at the Black Heritage Museum and at the Marcus Garvey Centre in Accra, Ghana.
Elgo and his wife, curator Pat Lewis have, over the years, been instrumental in mounting international exhibitions featuring other Jamaican artists, collaborating with the overseas Jamaican Missions, the Jamaican Tourist Board and county libraries.
Elgo’s works were exhibited last year in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of Jamaica’s Independence celebrations, and more recently, at the Museum of America at the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. He was also featured in a solo exhibition at the Rye Library in Up State New York.
Speaking of his current display, Elgo said that he was proud of the positive impact created by Jamaicans in the Diaspora and expressed that his novel idea was to bring more dynamism to that Jamaican experience now evolving globally.