Barrington Watson

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Basil Barrington Watson (9 January 1931 – 26 January 2016) was a Jamaican painter.


Born in 1931 in Lucea,[1] Barrington Watson made his original mark in Jamaica as a football player for Kingston College. However, he ultimately followed his artistic yearnings by enrolling at the Royal College of Art in London. He travelled widely and then returned t the first Director of Studies at the Jamaica School of Art and co-founded the Contemporary Jamaican Artists' Association (1964–74).[2][3] He later served as visiting professor at Spelman College, Atlanta.[2] In 1967 he won a prize at the first Spanish Biennale at Barcelona. In 2000 he was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica.[4]

Watson has exhibited throughout Jamaica and internationally. He is the father of sculptors Basil Watson and Raymond Watson. Watson is the subject of Lennie Little-White's 2015 documentary film They Call Me Barrington.[5] He died on 26 January 2016 at the age of 85.[6]


Notable works[edit]


Literary works[edit]

  • Shades of Grey
  • The Pan-Africanists
  • Barrington


  1. ^ Biography.
  2. ^ a b "Introduction", Barrington Watson: A Retrospective, National Gallery of Jamaica.
  3. ^ Tamara Scott-Williams, "Barrington Watson: A life in paint", Jamaica Observer, 16 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Musgrave Awardees". Institute of Jamaica. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Watson film premieres Sunday", Jamaica Observer, 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015
  6. ^ "Renowned Jamaican artist Barrington Watson dies".