John Dunkley

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John Dunkley  (10 December 1891 – 17 February 1947) was a Jamaican painter and sculptor.

Born in 1891 in Savanna-la-Mar, Dunkley as a young man travelled to Panama and Costa Rica to work, evetually settling in Chiriquí, in western Panama. In Chiriquí worked as a barber and made his first a paintings. In the mid-to-late 1920s Dunkley returned to Jamaica and continuing to work as a barber close to Kingston’s port. While in Kingston he made paintings and wood carvings.[1]

Dunkley was a self-taught painter. He is associated with a group of Jamaican artists known as "The Intuitives" - the group includes Mallica Reynolds and Everald Brown.[2][3] Dunkley is of the same generation as David Pottinger and Albert Huie, his work is generally darker in tone, and has been described as sharing characteristics with Wifredo Lam's paintings.


  1. ^ "John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night". Pérez Art Museum Miami. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Amber (2004). Jamaica: The culture. Crabtree Publishing Company. ISBN 9780778793328. 
  3. ^ "The Intuitives – National Gallery of Jamaica". Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
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  • Veerle Poupeye. Caribbean Art. London; Thames and Hudson; 1998.