October 2012

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Disappearing Architecture

Disappearing Architecture is the title of an exhibition currently running at the Alma Jordan Library of The UWI, which features work from Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson, noted artist.

The National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago had commissioned Mr Hinkson to produce a series of paintings on the architecture of Trinidad and Tobago in the 1980s. This significant body of work comprising 70 pieces, documents vernacular architecture, destroyed buildings and provides a resource to examine the use of buildings in Trinidad and Tobago. The curators tried to present private dwellings (humble and grand), public buildings (regal and derelict), multi-purpose facilities, our agriculture heritage, and our everyday visual experiences such as the village shop.

The exhibition at the Alma Jordan Library highlights 14 pieces from this national collection along with sketches from the artist’s private collection.

Hinkson is one of the Caribbean’s leading visual artists. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1942, he devoted his life to the creation of a body of art which reveals his abiding concern for Caribbean humanity both past and present.

In 1963, Mr. Hinkson received a scholarship from the French Government to study painting at the Académie Julien in Paris. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, with distinction, from the University of Alberta. On his return to Trinidad in 1970, Hinkson became the first art teacher at his alma mater, Queen’s Royal College (QRC), until he resigned in 1986 to become a full-time professional artist. In 2010, the Donald “Jackie” Hinkson collection was inscribed into UNESCO’s Trinidad and Tobago Memory of the World Register. The UWI conferred an honorary degree on Hinkson in 2011.