Garland, Colin - Jamaica - Ref# CG 3

"Noble Stallion" and "Noblesse Filly" / Oil on Canvas Diptych / Each painting measures 10.5"x13.5"

Colin Garland (1935-2007) was born on April 12, 1935 in Sydney, Australia.  This was a challenging period sparked by the Great Depression.  Garland’s family was poor yet creative so found ways to survive.  He loved the outdoor life in Australia and often went off to walk about and collect objects of interest.  It was noticed by his mother in particular that Colin was gifted artistically which she encouraged.  He entered and won art competitions from a young age.  Eventually, he made the decision to study threatre art at the National School of Art in Sydney.  This degree was not offered at that time so he studied fine art eventually going to England to further his studies.  It was through friends in England from the Caribbean that he first came to Jamaica on Independence Day on 6 August, 1962.  He fell in love with the island and made it his home.  He immediately immersed himself in the culture and secured a teaching job at the Jamaica School of Art now Edna Manley College of Visual Arts in Kingston where he taught for some 20 years.  During this period, he worked on set designs for productions in Jamaica and painted many works.  Using a myriad of mediums, his style was surreal mythological fantasia cleverly canvassed to reveal deep insights into the psychology of relationships.  He was an academic of the arts and utilized ideas in his work from great painters such as Botticelli.  He was an admirer of the iconic Jamaican intuitive painter, John Dunkley as well as he appreciated naïve works by Haitian artists.  Garland had solo Exhibitions and was invited to submit works for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition (1922-1982) which toured in 1983 coordinated through the National Gallery of Jamaica.  He participated in many major Art Exhibitions in the island, as well as he contributed greatly to the theatre and visual arts.  Colin Garland was awarded the Silver Musgrave medal by the Institute of Jamaica in 1993 and inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame in 1999 for his contribution to the visual arts in Jamaica and the Caribbean.  He passed away peacefully in his much loved Jamaica in 2007.

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