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Basil Barrington Watson 1931 – 2016 Female Portrait

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Basil Barrington Watson 1931 – 2016

Female Portrait

Oil on Board c1970s

Signed at bottom right

92 x 72cm



Beautiful large oil painting of an unknown sitter by the scarce Jamaican Artist (Basil) Barrington Watson. This artists work seldom comes up for sale.

Condition is good aside from a few small minor surface scratches that could easily be remedied.



Basil Barrington Watson – or Barrington, as he is popularly known – was born in Hanover, Jamaica, in 1931. He was educated at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London and attended several other major European art academies, including the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. He returned to Jamaica in 1961 and quickly rose to prominence as a major artist in post-Independence Jamaica.



Along with Eugene Hyde and Karl Parboosingh, he established the Contemporary Jamaican Artists’ Association in 1964 and he was from 1962-1966 the first Director of Studies at the Jamaica School of Art (now part of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts), where he introduced the full-time diploma programme. He subsequently also acted as a visiting Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Barrington chaired the Bank of Jamaica art collection in the mid-1970s and operated several art galleries: Gallery Barrington, which has existed in several incarnations since 1974, and the Contemporary Art Centre, which was active from 1985 to 1998.

His home in the parish of St Thomas, Orange Park, is recognised as a heritage site. It is part of a former coffee plantation, and it has since he bought the property in 1968, served as the location of his main studio and a meeting place for artists and art lovers. Barrington left Orange Park to the Nation in 1994.