Artist and Writer Wayne Lawrence Sheds Light on Often Under-Appreciated Art in New Book

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The beauty of Jamaican art portrayed in new book.

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It is an account of triumphs of the human spirit, often against great odds.

Famed contemporary Jamaican artist David Boxer describes himself as being self-taught, having only studied one semester at Cornell. He says “That fact gives me a certain license to do what I want to do, not to do what I was taught to do.” Art for many is freedom of expression, where the possibilities are endless without restraint. In his new book, The Art of Jamaica – a Prelude (published by Trafford Publishing), artist and writer Wayne Lawrence extensively researches and portraits 18 Jamaican visual artists.

The Art of Jamaica – a Prelude presents the colorful history of Jamaican artists as related and demonstrated by the artists themselves. The book includes a number of surviving members from the indigenous Jamaican art movement that had its roots in the 1920s, and flourished with independence in 1962.

“Jamaica’s outstanding visual artists are not fully appreciated at home and abroad despite their often brilliant creativity,” Lawrence explains. “My book is an attempt to demonstrate another aspect of multifaceted culture of this small island whose achievements have influenced the overall culture of the planet.”

The stories within The Art of Jamaica – a Prelude differ from many art history books as it takes an unbiased and objective recording of their views, lives and works from many living artists. Readers are sure to find an appreciation for the diversity and impressiveness of Jamaican visual arts as a result.

“It is an account of triumphs of the human spirit, often against great odds.”

About the Author
Wayne Lawrence was born in Jamaica in 1942. In 1967 he graduated as a physician from the University of the West Indies. After finishing post-graduate studies in Canada, he returned to Jamaica and has since lived there, practicing as a pediatrician and allergist. In the early 90s, he attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as a part time student for 1 year. Since then, Wayne has painted part time (in acrylics), is an active member of the Jamaican Guild of Artists and has participated in many group exhibitions. He is also the author of the Guild’s first book, A Celebration of Jamaican Art.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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