Artist Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson had intended to have his murals on display at Fisher Avenue St Ann’s February 5 until February 14 (what would have been Carnival Sunday), but the response to the exhibit has convinced him to extend to Carnival Tuesday.
It features five feet by eight feet panels comprising four murals of varying lengths along the walls of his neighbour’s and his home. ‘Masquerade’ and ‘From Canboulay to Beyonce’ were publicly shown in the past but ‘2020’ and ‘Band of the Year’ are newer creations. In a media release, Hinkson stated, “The size of these works makes it practically impossible to display them in conventional gallery spaces. The length of streets and the walls along them seemed an obvious solution”.
Hinkson, in a telephone interview February 12, said the public’s praise of the exhibit was “way beyond” what he expected; he added that his expectations are usually conservative. Hinkson does not question the reason for the expressions of “gratitude” but surmises they appreciate “the content of the work and…in these difficult times they are glad for any relief of any kind from the depression of COVID.” The public can view the exhibit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.