Works of Jamaican Artists on Display in Miami


The works of three Jamaican artists are on display at the Dharma Studio in Coconut Grove, Miami. They are Kacey Ferguson, Judy Ann McMillan, and Jonna Brasch.
The month-long art show titled: ‘Respect – A Celebration of Genius’ pays tribute to late Jamaican artist, Colin Garland, who died earlier this year. Several pieces by Mr. Garland are also being displayed at the studio, which is a strong supporter of Jamaican art, continuously creating space in which Jamaican art can thrive.
Work of Mr. Garland has, on several occasions, been exhibited at Dharma Studio, with his last show being in May last year.
Speaking at the recent launch of the exhibition, Consul General to Miami, Ricardo Allicock, described Mr. Garland’s work as “wondrously indigenous” creating pieces with a unique beauty that is completely Jamaican.
Born in Australia, Mr. Garland had been resident in Ocho Rios for nearly 50 years and his work had symbolized what Jamaica is all about, said Mr. Allicock.
Described as a surrealist, his work showed his identity with Jamaica through his choice of vibrant colours combined with the spiritual tradition of the island.
Meanwhile, the work of Jonna Brasch shows how Jamaican women have impacted the artist through their strength and beauty. Like Mr. Garland, Ms. Brasch pays homage to a cross culture influence of the women of her Danish roots and the Jamaican culture.
Known for her dynamic work depicting still life, the pieces of Miss McMillan are simple in colour and detail as her landscape paintings show her sense of passion for her native Jamaica and its people.
Kacey Ferguson, also known for his details in landscape beauty, draws inspiration from his early childhood lifestyle in rural Jamaica, which he describes as idyllic, living in a landscape of extraordinary beauty. Mr. Ferguson wants his work “to bring awareness to the powerful presence of nature and soul connection to the environment.”

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