David Boxer dies at age 71
David Boxer, considered the leading authority on Jamaican art, has died at age 71.
Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica Senator Tom Tavares-Finson said that the artist and former curator died yesterday afternoon at his home on Devon Road, St Andrew.
He said that Boxer had been battling cancer.
Tavares-Finson said that his death is an "irreplaceable loss" to the cultural landscape of Jamaica. "Jamaica has lost a national treasure," he told The Gleaner.
Boxer is credited with transforming the National Gallery into the largest and most prominent national art museum in the English-speaking Caribbean.
"I have been able to make certain advances in the appreciation of Jamaican art - the discovery of Intuitives and creating a whole schema for discussing Intuitives. That, I think, is my primary achievement," Boxer said last year in a Jamaica Information Service interview.
SOME KEY FACTS ON BOXER:
- Boxer joined the National Gallery of Jamaica in 1975 as director-curator and held this position until 1991 when he became chief curator.
- He retired from the National Gallery in 2013.
- Boxer is widely recognised for his scholarship on Jamaican art, particularly on the work of Edna Manley, the Intuitives, and early Jamaican photography.
- In August 2016, Boxer was conferred with the Order of Jamaica for his "invaluable contribution to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the development of Jamaican art". He had been previously conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander class) and is also the recipient of the Gold Musgrave and Centenary Medals of the Institute of Jamaica.
- Boxer was a specialist on the work of Francis Bacon and is the earliest scholar to have written and defended a doctoral dissertation on the famous English artist, highly recognised as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century.
- Self-described as "a painter of existential angst and deep philosophical content".
- Some information taken from the National Gallery