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Title:Hampton Art Lovers Presents Maquettes: The Studies of Basil Watson
Date:7/9/2021 - 8/14/2021
Address:Miramar Cultural Center Artspark, 2400 Civic Center Pl
Location:Miramar, FL
Hours:Please see details below.
Cost/Cover:Free
Contact Info:917.721.9656
Details:Hampton Art Lovers Presents "Maquettes: The Studies and Drawings of Basil Watson" in partnerhsip with Miramar Cultural Center / ArtPark


Hampton Art Lovers has the distinct honor of curating and presenting these maquettes and charcoal drawings of Basil Watson's iconic public sculptures, in partnership with the beautiful City of Miramar, its Cultural Center / Arts Park where "Culture and Community Converge".

"Maquette" is a scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture, used to visualize and test forms and ideas without incurring the expense and effort of producing a full-scale piece. As Jamaica's (and the Caribbean's) premier public sculptor, Basil Watson's work is profound and presented in conjunction with Caribbean Heritage Month, a month-long observance promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean American people and their contribution to the United States of America.

Basil describes his art as “The harmonious expression of one’s vision of life.” This personal description of his lifelong passion is what defines him. For more than 40 years, he has been translating life's most important themes - positive emotions and attitudes, the spirit of freedom and spontaneity, strength, beauty, energy and vigor - into finely crafted works of art.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and the son of internationally renowned painter, Barrington Watson, who was the first student of color to attend the Royal Academy in London. Barrington Watson, alongside fellow artists Eugene Hyde and Karl Parboosingh, established the Contemporary Jamaican Artists' Association in 1964 and was, from 1962 to 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. It was a natural progression for Basil Watson to study at the Jamaica School of Art. Upon graduation, he went on to establish a successful career as Jamaica's leading sculptor. The Government of Jamaica awarded Basil the Order of Distinction (Commander) in recognition of his contributions in the field of art. The most notable of his achievements include having monumental works installed on three of campuses of Jamaica's primary universities. He has also had signature works presented/installed at two of the Island's major stadia.

After emigrating to the United States in 2002, Watson established his home and studio in Lawrenceville, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Mr. Watson has earned international recognition, completing major works in China, Guatemala, and in various States within the United States. Over his 40-year career, Basil has completed several major commissions for various governments and organizations all over the world. Most recently Basil created monumental works for his island home honoring accomplished Jamaican athletes, including Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among others. He has also rendered creative works of cultural icons like The Hon. Louise Bennett as well as the National Heroes. All of these maquettes are featured in this show.

Basil just completed and installed an 18 foot sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commissioned by the City of Atlanta (maquette featured in this show as well). It is befitting that a Jamaican artist would have been honored with this monumental task. On his much celebrated first visit to Jamaica in 1965, King said he never felt more at home anywhere in the world and declared “In Jamaica, I feel like a human being". Few are aware of the fact that King returned to Jamaica two years later to seek the peace and seclusion of a country cottage near Ocho Rios, to give himself the freedom to think and complete the writing of a book later published under the title “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”.

In “MAQUETTES”, Basil connects, not just the beauty of these iconic figures, but also the strength and power of the figure itself. “It has been my interest, inspiration and focus, which I have continued to study through a strong foundation in drawing. I found sculpture as I sought to explore a more plastic vehicle of communication. The energy, vigor and emotive quality of the human figure intrigues me and this has sustained and anchored my work. Through the exploration of the language of the body, I have been able to capture exaggerated movement, subtle gesture, and the expression of emotions and attitudes to thus encapsulate and portray varying aspects of the human condition.” - Basil Watson

All of the maquettes in this show are available for sale by Hampton Art Lovers at the Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery | Inbox Hampton Art Lovers (@hamptonartlovers on facebook and instagram) for all Inquiries.


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