An American organisation that promotes British Art is to put on a fascinating exhibtion in 2007 that will look at the work of Isaac Mendes Belisario, a Jamaican-born Jewish artist.
The Yale Centre for British Art will be looking at the work of Belisario who was born in 1795 and trained in London before returning back to Jamaica in 1834. His work is a major testament to life in Jamaica during the early part of the 19th century.
The Yale Centre says of the exhibition: "... will investigate the complex visual culture surrounding the abolition of slavery in Jamaica. The exhibition will examine the complex iconography of Sketches of Character, identifying the African roots of the figures and costumes represented, tracing the process of creoliza-tion chronicled by the images, as well as situating the work within a European print culture."
He died in 1849 following a long time of sketching and drawing life on the Island.
Recently his work was recognised in a series of Jamaican postage stamps.
For more information: http://ycba.yale.edu/information/