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Donald 'Jackie' Hinkson Exhibit at The Alma Jordan Library

Posted Monday, February 17, 2020

The Alma Jordan Library (AJL) continues their 50th Anniversary celebrations with an Exhibit of the Works of The UWI honorary graduate, Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson. 

Visit the exhibit during The AJL's opening hours which  are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 10pm
  • Saturday: 8.30 am to 5pm

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For more information, please contact Karen Eccles at or call 662-2002 ext 82262, 83363.

About the exhibit

The exhibit consists of thirty-two (32) pieces of work from this renowned Caribbean artist.  The exhibit, which is in honour of the 50th anniversary of The AJL’s iconic building, will run until April 30.

About Donald “Jackie” Hinkson

His hundreds, even thousands, of plein air works are represented here by four watercolours that reflect his fascination with the past and its symbolic potential. The artist has travelled the length and breadth of Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean painting and drawing the landscape, seascape and traditional architecture, both humble and elegant. One conté crayon drawing in this exhibition represents these hundreds of pieces. The artist also works with charcoal especially when working on a large scale and on themes with an edge of social commentary. The two large charcoals here, A Man’s Beer and Pilsner Light, though they are not figurative like most of his large charcoals, still hint at social observation.

If the artist’s early work, in particular his plein air pieces, appears to be celebratory (on the surface) much of what he has produced in the last 30 years or more reflects strong social and political observation. His early vision of landscape, while not abandoned, has evolved to include a commercial component in a billboard dominated landscape which, when juxtaposed with the human figure and street life, become portraits of our society.

Even if his images remain largely recognisable, realistic, the artist never loses his sense of the abstract and his focus on the crucial role the formal components in painting play, that is tone, line, shape, space, composition. The relationship remains between these components and the surface subject matter. It is not surprising, therefore, that in some of the figurative pieces here, he comfortably shifts the balance between the recognisable and the abstract.

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