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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed renowned Jamaican artist and art historian, Dr. David Boxer, for his work in advancing the genre.
  • Mr. Holness noted that over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Boxer has gained an international reputation as Jamaica’s premier art historian, authentication expert and leading authority on Jamaican art and culture.
  • Dr. Boxer received the award ahead of the scheduled ceremony on National Heroes Day in October.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed renowned Jamaican artist and art historian, Dr. David Boxer, for his work in advancing the genre.

“It is with great admiration that we recognise you, not just for your personal artistic genius but even moreso for what you have done for countless others in your unyielding passion to foster the growth of Jamaican art,” he said.

The Prime Minister was speaking during a special ceremony of investiture for Dr. Boxer at his home in St. Andrew on August 9, where he was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ) by Deputy Governor-General, Hon. Steadman Fuller.

Mr. Holness noted that over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Boxer has gained an international reputation as Jamaica’s premier art historian, authentication expert and leading authority on Jamaican art and culture.

“For these accomplishments and more, the Government of Jamaica recognises you with one of its highest honours for the work and contribution that you have made to (enhance) Jamaican art and Jamaican life,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr. Fuller described Mr. Boxer as a nation builder “of regional and global repute”, noting that he has made an invaluable contribution to “the development of Intuitive Jamaican art and a philosophical framework for Jamaican and international art appreciation”.

He noted that Dr. Boxer, who has emerged as one of the nation’s most sophisticated artists, is invaluable to the art community “when it comes to validating authentic Jamaican artwork”.

Speaking with JIS News following the ceremony, Dr. Boxer, who is ill, said it was “a very emotional day” for him.

“These dignitaries, good friends gathered here to see this presentation, I am overwhelmed,” he said.

Speaking on his accomplishments, Dr. Boxer noted that through his work as a curator, “I have been able to make certain advances in the appreciation of Jamaican art – the discovery of Intuitives and creating a whole schema for discussing Intuitives. That I think is my primary achievement.”

Dr. Boxer, who is committed to promoting Jamaican visual art at both national and international levels, is credited with defining the Intuitive genre in Jamaican art. An ‘Intuitive Eye art gallery is housed at his home.

Born on March 17, 1946, Dr. Boxer pursued studies in art history at Cornell University (1969) and at John Hopkins (1976) in the United States.

He served as curator of the National Gallery for 35 years, and lectured at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts for over 20 years. He has also authored several books on Jamaican art.

Dr. Boxer was awarded Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1991; is a recipient of the Gold Medal, awarded during the 1st Caribbean Biennial in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1992; and a recipient of the Gold Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica in 1995.

He is one of only 12 Jamaicans from the past two centuries to be included in the first major Biographical Dictionary of the Caribbean, published in 2003.

Dr. Boxer received the award ahead of the scheduled ceremony on National Heroes Day in October. He has been recognised for his invaluable contribution to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the development of the arts.