© Estate of Wilfred Limonious / Scar Face Music
Front cover of the LP Shut Up Bway by Frankie Paul (Ujama, c 1988). Courtesy One Love Books, © 2016 Ujama/Estate of Wilfred Limonious
'Young Love' seven-inch single by Wilfred Limonious (Wax, c 1976). Courtesy One Love Books/Christopher Bateman collection
In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious
THU 24 MAR - SUN 3 APR 2016, FREE, CLORE STUDIO
Wilfred Limonious (1949–99) was one of Jamaica’s most prolific graphic artists, producing a significant body of work for the island's music industry as well as working as a cartoonist for the national newspapers. This exhibition celebrates a true Jamaican folk artist; a humble man who produced vibrant, hilarious and often outrageous art, but behind the pen was a quiet loner who simply loved to draw.
The show includes reproductions of work from three key phases in Limonious' career: his newspaper comic strips, illustrations for the publications of the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL) and his distinctive artwork for the burgeoning dancehall scene coming out of 1980s Jamaica.
Wilfred Limonious began his career producing comic strips for the Jamaican daily newspaper, The Star, with cartoon characters such as Amos and Chicken becoming particularly popular. During the 1970s he worked as in-house illustrator for Jamaica’s national literacy programme, JAMAL (Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy), before going on to produce a huge body of work for the Jamaican music industry, illustrating hundreds of LP jackets and record centres for labels such as Jammy’s, Power House, Studio One, Techniques, Ujama and Midnight Rock. Despite being widely recognised among reggae and dancehall circles, Limonious’ illustrations are relatively unknown in the wider art world.
In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious is curated by Al ‘Fingers’ Newman and Christopher Bateman and is produced by One Love Books alongside a book on Limonious’ life and work, due for release this summer.
Supported by Arts Council England and The Art Fund.
Please note the exhibition will close at 1pm on Sunday 3 April.
New Art Exchange, Nottingham 7 Nov 2015 – 14 Jan 2016
Colston Hall, Bristol 22 Jan – 6 Mar 2016
South London Gallery, 24 Mar – 3 Apr 2016
Gallery Oldham 8 Apr – 6 May 2016
Tabernacle, London 23 – 29 May 2016
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