Exhibition of works by Chekama Skeete to open at National Gallery today
June 17, 2004
An exhibition titled 'Journey', featuring works on paper and canvas by Chekama Skeete, will open today at the National Gallery at 5 pm. Over thirty of the artist's recent paintings and drawings will be on show with the addition of some drawings and prints of the late '80s and early '90s.
A press release from the Gallery said the exhibition is open to the public from tomorrow until July 10. The National Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and 2 pm to 6 pm on Saturday.
Skeete was a noted graduate of the Burrowes School of Art whose works were purchased for the National Collection of Art before his graduation in 1987 and subsequently in 1988. He taught at St Rose's Secondary in Georgetown before studying painting and printmaking at the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts in Jamaica from 1989 to 1991. Skeete also taught art at secondary schools in Jamaica while continuing to produce paintings and prints. Since returning here in 1999 he has been a tutor in painting and drawing at the Burrowes School of Art.
His work was featured in the National Visual Arts Exhibition of 1988 in Georgetown, and the National Collection Exhibition at Carifesta V in Trinidad in 1992. His first solo exhibition was at the Guyana Museum in 1989. He was more recently part of the Burrowes School of Art Tutors' Exhibition at Castellani House in February, from which his work was again purchased for the National Collection. His work is also in the Jamaica National Building Society Collection and several private collections, the release added.