Facey, Laura - Jamaica - Ref# LFA 1

"Salt Kilns at Salt Island" / Mixed Media / 30"x24"

Laura Facey was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1954.  She attended Edna Manley School of Art in Kingston and West Surrey College of Art in the England.  Mounting several solo Exhibitions in Jamaica and abroad as well as participating in several National Gallery Biennials, the NG Traveling Exhibit 1983-1985, Laura’s work encompasses mediums such as wood in sculpture, bronze, works on paper, board and canvas.  Her first solo exhibition was held in 1982 at Mutual Gallery, and received acclaimed reviews.  Subsequent exhibitions over the years included showings at Mount Plenty her home in rural Jamaica.  Known also for her controversial 2003 piece Redemption Song, the sculpture of a naked man and woman that graces the entry to Emancipation Park in New Kingston.  Then her Radiant Earth in 2013 which was shown in Jamaica and UK.  This was followed by Their Spirits January – September 2014 exhibition at the NG and in Liverpool Slave Exhibition.  This exhibition explored not only the indescribable cruelty of slavery but also the transcendent nature of the human spirit, through a number of artworks.  'Their Spirits Gone Before Them' was awarded the UNESCO Slave Route Project logo in 2013.  Laura is the recipient of many awards and was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class by the Government of Jamaica in 2014.

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