Today we’re catching up with six incredible artists from Jamaica, a big-hearted island in the Caribbean Sea. I asked each artist how
their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great responses.
Sanjay is an illustrator and animator from Kingston, Jamaica. He’s got insane Photoshop skills and renders mighty character illustrations.
I live on a tropical island
where it’s summer all year long. A place where the landscape is lush and
the beaches are beautiful. I love living in a place where my race has no bearing on
how I’m treated as an individual. I love my people and my culture.
I’m a commercial illustrator so culture influences my work per my clients’ request. Most of my clients are
from countries outside my own, so these factors are minimal
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community is small but has a large voice. Most of the population has to place
day-to-day survival as priority, so those of us who can find escape and
make a living through art—where creativity may not appear practical, are quite passionate about this endeavor. You’ll find that our canvases
are not usually imposing in scale but bold with high contrasts and
With the opportunity for Jamaicans to enter a global community
without leaving home through digital art, our passion can now be
communicated through illustration, graphic design, animation, and more ways in which we express.
Abigail is an illustrator from Kingston, Jamaica. Wanting to create a world of her own, she paints lovely digital paintings of cosmic Afrocentric portraits.
There is no other way to really describe Jamaicans other
than an experience. You won’t really know until you’ve witnessed it. We are a very creative and charismatic people and that’s one of the main things I really enjoy about living in
Jamaican culture can have a strong and
lasting effect on the people witnessing it, and to me, it can be a bit
overwhelming at times. It brought me to develop the theme of escapism in
Sometimes our realities can get overwhelming, so my
work speaks to an otherworldly experience that aims at
helping you understand yourself and your place in the universe.
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The art community in Jamaica is small, but more people are embracing the importance of
creativity within our culture. It’s a very open and family-like environment filled with
encouragement, a filter against negative energy and a push for
Kori is an illustrator and animator from Kingston, Jamaica. With a collection of cool illustrations, his work pops off the screen with great colors.
I was born and raised here so it is, and will forever be home. Whenever
I’m away I always miss the air, the smell of the breeze, the food (I’m a big foodie) and the people. We are very colorful!
My work has never reflected typical Jamaican themes. But I’ve found little elements that have presented themselves in
every piece I’ve done.
I try to use colors that give a
tropical feel and whenever I create figures I present them in a strong
have been a strong force throughout history and I always try to capture
that in my work.
There are more Jamaican creatives sharing their
work with the world, and thanks to social media, their reach has been
greater. We are able to invite audiences
into our little galleries and there is a lot more constructive information on demand. Our skills are sharper, confidence higher, and we step completely out of our comfort
Peta-Ann is an illustrator from Kingston, Jamaica. Her style is charmingly cute, with lovable scenes and characters for important causes you’ll want to know.
I love the food the most. Hands down. Our local foods
are bursting with flavor; vegetarian, vegan, regular dishes—it
doesn’t matter. It’s all delicious. You can’t help but enjoy yourself
when you have a good meal.
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Being surrounded by vibrant colors and
culture shaped, I’ve wanted to infuse these
influences into my work from an early age. Having (borderline
overwhelming) access to North American and British media, compared to the minute Jamaican offerings that were available to children in the
1980s-1990s, made me more determined to center my Jamaican-Caribbean
background in my personal work.
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Jamaica Association for the Deaf
Young Jamaican artists
are bringing their visions into more accessible spaces. Paint Jamaica, for example, groups local artists together to volunteer and paint large scale murals in inner-city communities.
Many of these
younger artists also infuse their Jamaican-Caribbean background into
their work. They draw attention to aspects of Jamaican culture
that are often forgotten, overlooked, and underappreciated. They uplift Jamaica through their art and inspire social
Jey is a graphic designer living in Kingston, Jamaica. Clean and stylish, his work
features brilliant flat illustrations of clever concepts and doodles.
As I went abroad, I began to appreciate the friendliness
of Jamaicans and how easy it was to get along with them; they were
never afraid to say what they were thinking. That friendly honesty is
something that has been very helpful to
There is a certain freedom in Jamaican art and early on in
my childhood it was very helpful. I think many artists experience a time
where classmates would praise their work and you would be known as “that artsy guy/girl.”
But when you finally meet other people who have been the artists of their
schools, you may respond differently. Genuinely learn from others. Jamaica’s happy makes us curious about each other’s work so we can learn from
take a look at my art, it does not look
strictly Jamaican or even Caribbean. But the openness of the art community in Jamaica almost makes it possible and I’m grateful for that.
Sophia is a graphic designer from Kingston, Jamaica. Her work features awesome trendy templates you can download on Envato Market.
Jamaica is a place where I can draw inspiration from many areas, such
as nature and the vibrant Jamaican culture. I love the calm nature of
the island and the never ending summers. Most of all I love the food,
the mountains and the beaches.
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The Jamaican culture is very diverse. In turn,
this has influenced my work by adding diversity and creativity.
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The art community is a close knit family. We inspire, push, learn and
grow from each other. In addition to digital art, we also take part
in activities such as art festivals and exhibitions.
Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my
questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture
has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links