"I see art as capturing the wonderful works of the Creator of which there is a never ending quest to achieve perfection. Learning and sharing with my fellow man is what inspires me the most"
Born November 1 1944 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Messam attended school where he acquired the nickname "artist"as he was always drawing. In 1963, he took a correspondence course in Commercial and Fine Art. He worked as a hotel chef and also drove a taxi until 1985. He has now given up all unrelated work to concentrate on his painting. Today, he works mainly in acrylic. His work is much in demand and forms part of many private collections throughout the world.
Judith loved art as a child. She received a prize for art on graduating from her first grade class in primary school. Judith did art at St Francois Girls College, her secondary school. Her first art teacher there was Ms Sybil Atteck. She first exhibited in an open-air art exhibition in Woodford Square in 1974 with the Workshop Group of Artists who met regularly at the National Museum.
Judith was a Lithographer in the public service for twenty seven years. She took early retirement in order to pursue an artistic career.
She took art related UWI Extra Mural courses between 1987 and 1998 and in 2001 she participated in two Visual Art courses conducted by Studio 66 Art Support Community in conjunction with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs. Her work was exhibited in joint exhibitions at the end of these courses.
Judith has exhibited in the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society's annual November show. She has participated in workshops conducted by the Women in Art and has exhibited with the Women in Art annual exhibition in 2003. Her work has also been on display at the Southern Art Gallery. Judith's love for nature is reflected in her subjects. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolour and pastel. She also enjoys working on abstract pieces.
In August 2005 she staged her first solo exhibition at the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society building.
Boscoe Holder was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in the early 1920s.
He already painted from the tender age of five and was an accomplished pianist at a very early age as well, playing for the wealthy French Creole, Chinese and Portuguese at their functions by the time he was 9 years old. In his late teens he formed his own dance company.
In his dance he used traditional Afro-Caribbean interpretations :shango, bongo and bélé. He frequently used his dancers as models for his paintings.
In 1950 Boscoe Holder moved to London,England where he danced and performed on the piano at all the well-known theatres and clubs. By that time he was married to Sheila Clarke who was his lead dancer in his own dance company and also became his favourite model for his painting. He has staged many one man exhibitions in Trinidad and exhibited also in New York, Helsinki, Stockholm, Ostende and England.
At the end of the 1960s he returned to his native land where he established himself soon as one of the top painters, not only in Trinidad and Tobago, but throughout the Caribbean. Boscoe Holder has exhibited frequently in most of the Caribbean islands and his paintings can be found in many collections around the world.