‘In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious’ is the first solo retrospective of the revered Jamaican artist, which kicks off later this week in Nottingham.
London-based, Jamaican-centric publishing company One Love Books is responsible for the showcase. Publishing founder and respected DJ Al Newman (Al Fingers) curated the exhibition with fellow Limonious enthusiast Christopher Bateman, author of the ‘In Fine Style’ blog; the two have been working on producing an accompanying book that documents the cartoonist’s work, which is due for release in the new year.
Limonious, who sadly passed away at the turn of the 21st century, started off providing daily cartoon segments for Jamaican daily, The Star, before supporting a Jamaican literacy programme with his doodlings. His rise to fame is due to his numerous LP illustrations for a whole host of Reggae and Dancehall labels. The vibrancy and lighthearted nature of the artist’s work is all too clear; you only have to check the artwork on this Reggae compilation on Techniques or this Coco Tea record, put on Jammy’s Records to see the truth in this.
In Fine Style is free and open from 7th November to 3rd Jan 2016 at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham, after which it will tour the UK at selected venues.
See a selection of Limonious’ work below
For more information head over to the New Art Exchange.