RICHARD HUGH BLACKFORD'S - "ROOTS-NATTY-ROOTS"
Forged in struggle and baptized by upper-crust rejection, the story of Jamaica's Reggae Music is the story of Jamaica's people. In the early years (1960's to mid-1970's the music struggled to gain traction among record producers and worse, to get air-play on local radio stations. Today, Jamaica's Reggae has attained worldwide acclaim and is one of the chief identifier of the island and its culture.
This print of the original painting "Roots Natty Roots" celebrates the Music of Jamaica and the culture of Rastafari. The print measures (approximately) 19"x 13.5". Unframed
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.
After a number of years working in the cut-and-thrust of the Jamaican business environment, Richard took the decision to concentrate solely on his painting and hit the Jamaican Art scene with a solo exhibition of Cricket Paintings in 2005. Since then Richard has had some 20 solo exhibitions in Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, the United Kingdom and in several states here in the USA. Not surprisingly, his work has been bought by collectors and buyers worldwide – Canada, the U.K., United States of America, The Cayman Islands, Antigua, Barbados as well as by a large and loyal following back in Jamaica.