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Albert Huie

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Albert Huie
Born31 December 1920
Falmouth, Colony of Jamaica, British Empire
Died31 January 2010

Albert Huie (31 December 1920 – 31 January 2010) was a Jamaican painter.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Falmouth, Trelawny Parish, Jamaica, Huie moved to Kingston when he was 16 years old;[1] in the 1930s he became part of the "Institute Group" at the Institute of Jamaica, where he received his first formal training with Armenian artist Koren der Harootian.[2][3] In the early 1940s he worked as an assistant to Edna Manley while she taught at Kingston's Junior Centre. A British Council scholarship was awarded to Huie in 1947.[4] Further study followed, in London at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and in Canada at the Ontario College of Art, before his return to Jamaica.[1]


In 1950 he was one of the founding tutors of the Jamaica School of Art and Crafts.[2][5] He exhibited around the United States and Jamaica, and later in his career settled in the US.[1] On National Heroes Day in 2009 he was honored by the Jamaican Embassy for his contributions to the Jamaican community in and around Washington, D.C.[1][6][7]

As a painter, Huie was best known for his landscape and genre work, though he often painted portraits as well.[2][8] Some of his pieces expressed sociopolitical and nationalist themes, and many of his early paintings related in some way to manual labor.[9] His painting Miss Mahoghany caused controversy twice in his lifetime, first when it was unveiled in 1960 and again in 2000 when it was featured in Air Jamaica's Skywritings magazine which resulted in its removal.[10] His later paintings showed the influence of post-Impressionism, along with elements of art deco and Mexican mural painting.[11][2][9] He usually used oils, but sometimes used acrylics.[2] His paintings hang in the National Gallery of Jamaica, among other collections.[2][9]


In 1958 Huie was granted the Institute of Jamaica's Musgrave Silver Medal and in 1974 he was awarded the Musgrave Gold Medal for his work by the Institute of Jamaica.[12][4] In 1959 he was awarded the international award for painting at the Spanish Bi-Annual exhibition in Havana, Cuba. Huie received the Jamaican Government Award for the Best Painting in the annual National Exhibition in 1962.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Huie's granddaughter is artist Lehna Huie.[13] He died on 31 January 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland, aged 89.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d Jamaicans in the US Mourn Passing of Albert Huie Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Jamaican Information Service
  2. ^ a b c d e f Albert Huie profile at Art Encyclopedia, accessed via Answers.com
  3. ^ Hidalgo, Juan (15 March 2018). "Pioneering artist Dorothy Henriques-Wells has died". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Albert Huie (1920 – 2010)". The National Library of Jamaica. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ "EDITORIAL - We owe a debt of gratitude to Albert Huie". jamaica-gleaner.com. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  6. ^ McLeod, Sheri-Kae (2 March 2020). "Young Jamaican Artist, Lawrence L. Deacon Aims to be One of the Best in his Field". Caribbean News. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  8. ^ Lucie-Smith, Edward (2001). Albert Huie: Father of Jamaican Painting. Ian Randle Publishers. ISBN 9766370001.
  9. ^ a b c Veerle Poupeye. Caribbean Art. London; Thames and Hudson; 1998
  10. ^ "Albert Huie | Jamaican artist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  11. ^ Gómez, Edward M. (21 September 2019). "A Memoir of Art, Love, and Jamaica". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Musgrave Awardees". Institute of Jamaica. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Out of many, one people: The story of Jamaica illustrated - e3.1000-books.ru". e3.1000-books.ru. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Remembering Albert Huie: The 'Master Painter'". jamaica-gleaner.com. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2020.

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