Hope Brooks

Hope  Brooks

Location: Jamaica

Born Kingston Jamaica 1944
Studied at the :
Edinburgh College of Art - 1963 to 1967 DA Drawing and Painting
Maryland Institute College of Art 1982 1983 MFA Art Education.

Worked at:
Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts 1967 - 2008
Head of Foundation Studies SVA 1967
Directer of Studies - SVA 1977
Dean of Visual Arts !992 - 1995
VP, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts '05 - '08

Exhibitions: Has had13 one woman exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions including:

XI Florence Biennale 2017
"Exposition Entretropicos", Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas
"1492 - 1992 Un Nouveau Regard Sur Les Caraibes" Espace Carpeaux, France
Commonwealth Institute, UK

"Modern Jamaica Art" UWI Publications 1996
"Jamaican Art" first and second edition edited by Dr. Petrine Archer Straw
"Caribbean Art" Thames and Hudson World of Art series


Hope Brooks

My work is largely based on Jamaican landscape in which I try to capture the essence of the subject whether it be the mountains, the sea, or the moon etc. However other subject matter reflecting my concerns about current political or important historical affairs also appear in my work.
For example my last one person exhibition titled "People and Their Stories" focused on the history of slavery and the impact of that history on modern afro american culture.
The piece exhibited in the XI Florence Biennale was about the environmentalist struggle to save the Goat Islands a small group of islands off the south east coast of Jamaica. These Islands form part of the Portland Bight protected by law passed by the Government of Jamaica. In 2014 the islands were proposed as a possible site for a transshipment port to be developed by the Chinese government in the Caribbean. However environmentalists fought against the destruction of this important group of islands and were successful. In 2017 the then Government announced that the islands would no longer be considered as a possible site for building a transshipment port.
The piece titled "Goat Island Suite" was exhibited in the National Gallery of Jamaica Biennale in 2016. That exhibition was reviewed by the Huffington Post Art Critic who described the piece as "gorgeous and poetic...." see full review uploaded on my Facebook page.

Goat Is. Suite “Goat Is. Suite”

A suite of four paintings titled:
"Preservation or Profit" - upper left
"A Sanctuary For Baby fish" - upper right
"Underwater Landscape " - lower left
"Goat Islands for a Marine Park" - lower left