The Jamaican Consulate brings a piece of the island to the city; hosting an exhibition of works from renowned Jamaican artist Paul Blackwood, from Wednesday, June 11 to Friday, June 13.
Open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m., the exhibition titled The Journey Continues will showcase 30 of Blackwood’s collages, landscapes, and semi-abstract paintings depicting the Caribbean island’s spirit and culture, providing a taste of home to the thousands of Jamaicans living in Canada and the millions around the world who have become enchanted by Jamaica’s unforgettable sights and sounds.
A professional artist for over 30 years; Blackwood’s works have been showcased internationally, throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean.
Using his true to life aesthetic to tell stories, share experiences and educate, he hopes this exhibition brings memories of the island to Jamaican-Canadian immigrants, and allows them to share an authentic island experience with their family and friends.
“My works capture more than just the crystal blue of our waters; they reflect our vibrant culture and spirit. They give people a piece of Jamaica to showcase in their home, and the ability to be inspired by the cool breeze, the sunshine, and the music of the island like I am. Above all they start a conversation, and get people sharing their experience living Jamaica.”
Blackwood—who celebrated his 30th anniversary last year—has no plan of retiring his brushes, or palette anytime soon. He considers his journey as an artist continuous, inspiring the title of this exhibition; The Journey Continues.
Blackwood knew on the first day of grade school he was born to be an artist. His teacher was in awe of a sketch he did of a coconut tree, which quickly began circulating around the school. Realizing his talent would allow him to share his unique experiences and bring smiles to peoples’ faces he knew he would inevitability pursue art.
Working as a mechanic before following his dreams; Blackwood had difficulty convincing his father of his chosen career path. Knowing Blackwood would be leaving a steady paycheck for the uncertainty of art sales his father tried to dissuade him. It was Blackwood’s passion and love of art that eventually persuaded his father, who told him if he was going to pursue art he would have to be the best at it.
Today, Blackwood remains as passionate about his work as he was then, and is considered a renowned artist. With several awards to his name, including; one from Prince George County Artists and another from the City of Lauderdale Lake, Florida, Blackwood has fulfilled his father’s aspirations and has become one of the best artists of his genre.
Members of the media and public are invited to attend the exhibition opening on Wednesday, June 11 and meet the artist Paul Blackwood. This exhibition marks the seventh time Blackwood has shown his work in Toronto.
What: Exhibition opening and cocktail reception
When: Wednesday, June 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Jamaican Consulate, 330 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario
Who: Opening remarks from Jamaican Consul General, George Ramocan
Exhibition artist, Paul Blackwood
All works in the exhibition are available for purchase.