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David Boxer (1945-2017) was a Jamaican artist, regarded as one of the most important contemporary artists, art historians and curators from the Caribbean region. His early training was as an art historian, which is very visible in the many references related to that field included in his work. The main influences in his oeuvre were Francis Bacon, whom he met during the time he was writing his thesis about him. Throughout the years, Boxer worked with selected themes which he revisited often. One of these was slavery and its remnants in Jamaican society.

Diaspora: Chorus of Souls, 2003-2005
Collage on paper
22 × 17 in
55.9 × 43.2 cm

He explored themes of colonial history throughout mainly through two series: Passages and Memories of Colonization. Death was also present in many of his pieces; often identified with AIDS, and its repercussions in the death of loved ones. Another theme related to death was Hiroshima, which he represented extensively. He considered himself a member of the Second World War generation, since he was born in 1946 and grew up in a postwar atmosphere. Self-portraits were a constant element in his oeuvre, individually or sometimes as part of more complex compositions.

STILL LIFE WITH CHRYSANTHEMUMS, 2003-2006
Mixed media on paper
20 x 28 in
233-6112
STILL-LIFE – FUGUE, 2003-2004
Mixed media on canvas
36 x 48 in
233-3950
HAVANA POSTCRIPT (FROM PASSAGE INSTALLATION), 1997-02
Mixed media on wood
84 x 96 in
213.36 x 243.84 cm
233-6116
QUEEN VICTORIA SET WE FREE, 1996-2003
Mixed media reconstruction
34 x 56 x 8 in
233-5055
TRIPTYCH RENAISSANCE, N.D.
Mixed media on paper
20 x 37 in
50.8 x 93.98 cm
233-2111
 Still-Life – Fugue, 2003 – 2004
Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 in
St Sebastian’, 1993

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