Reynolds, "Kapo" Mallica - Jamaica - Ref# KAP 1

"Rural Village Scene" / Oil on Board / 12"x17"

Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds (1911-1989), better known by the adopted name "Kapo", was born in Byndloss, St. Catherine, Jamaica.  He was a Jamaican artist and religious leader.  Considered one of the greatest artists in Jamaica's "Intuitives" artistic movement, Kapo's religious beliefs were reflected in his work.  At a young age he said he had several visions and was inspired to become a Preacher and founded the Zion Revival Church, St. Michael’s Revival Apostolic Tabernacle.  He began creating paintings in the 1940s in his iconic intuitive style depicting vivid revival scenes, country life in oil on board as well as sculptures in wood and some in stone.  He developed a following of influential art collectors in Jamaica and abroad including singer, Roberta Flack.  His portrait of her is exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum.  He has exhibited many times in Jamaica and has a permanent collection of his works donated by Larry Wirth on display at the National Gallery of Jamaica.  Kapo had several shows in the USA from 1950s through to 1982.  He was awarded the Order of Distinction OD by the Government of Jamaica.

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