The Mento band is one of the most endearing symbols of the origin of popular Jamaican music. A Mento band is comprised largely of acoustic instrument players. The instruments are centered around the Rhumba Box, the banjo, the bamboo fife, hand-made shakers, and the tambourine.
This painting depicts a Mento quintet going through their paces. It is an oil on canvas work and its dimensions are 24"x 30"
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Richard Hugh Blackford is one of the leading Jamaican impressionist painters working today. Largely self-taught, he is widely known for his highly individual oil pieces inspired by his years living on the wonderful Caribbean island of Jamaica. His paintings come from a place that is not only very familiar to him but representative of the type of diversity that only a place such as Jamaica has to offer. He visits the island on a regular basis – to constantly renew himself and to draw from this reservoir generous helpings of inspiration for his canvasses. In his work, he always prefers to concentrate on a specific set of topics featuring the people and culture of the island in all its brilliance. Richard’s aim with his work is to convey the spirit of the Jamaican people and the magic of its environment.