This monograph of the Jamaican self-taught artist John Dunkley offers a generously illustrated overview of his powerful work.
Reproducing the intricate details and somber palette that characterize John Dunkley’s paintings, this book thoughtfully situates the artist’s oeuvre within its historical context. Workingin a period that laid the foundation for Jamaica’s nationalist movement, Dunkley was a part of a generation of West Indian men who traveled abroad to work and returned home to contribute to the formation of an independent nation, Marcus Garvey being the most critical of such figures. Essays from David Boxer, the leading authority on Dunkley, and Olive Senior, a historian of West Indian culture, focus on the social importance of Dunkley’s paintings and sculptures. Paying tribute to an extraordinary artist, this book showcases his vivid and mysterious work.
DIANA NAWI is associate curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, where since 2012 she has organized such exhibitions as Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot, Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, and Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, among others. DAVID BOXER is an art historian and artist. He served as curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, for 35 years and has organized numerous exhibitions as well as authored several books on Jamaican art history. His work has been exhibited internationally. OLIVE SENIOR is a poet and writer and has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction books, most recently Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal published by the University of the West Indies Press in 2014. NICOLE SMYTHE-JOHNSON is an independent curator and writer based in Kingston. Her writing has appeared in ARC Magazine, Caribbean Review of Books, Miami Rail, and Flash Art, among others.