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Jamaican artist Roy Reid Dies

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Monday, January 12, 2009 | 11:38 AM

Jamaican artist Roy Reid has lost a battle with cancer at the age of 72.

Reid was born in 1937 in Portland, Jamaica. and became known primarily for his topical paintings, in which moralizing texts were sometimes used. This earned him the label of `grass-roots philosopher.`

He was largely acknowledged as one of the important figures among Jamaican ‘intuitive’ artists.` Like many others who paint in this tradition, Reid was self-taught and his work was steeped in spirituality, un-selfconscious and spontaneous.

He was featured in numerous publications including `Modern Jamaican Art.` Ian Randle Publishers; `Revue Noire`magazine,` and `Art Today` and Phaidon Press and received the Musgrave Bronze medal for his contribution to the Arts.

Reid was inducted into the Caribbean Development for the Arts and Culture Foundation Hall of Fame in 1999.

He is survived by his wife Mable, two sons, step-children and grand-children.

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