Senior Curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica, O’Neil Lawrence graduated from the University of the West Indies (Mona) with an M.Phil. in Cultural Studies and a BA in English Literature and Sociology. He also has a Diploma in Visual Communication from the Edna Manley College. His exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica include the critically acclaimed Seven Women Artists (2015) and Masculinities (2015).
An artist who has exhibited in Jamaica and internationally since 2004, his first solo show Son of a Champion was staged at the Mutual Gallery, Kingston in 2012. He was the essayist for Pictures from Paradise (2012) and he received the Society for Caribbean Studies’ Bridget Jones Award (2014).
His research interests include race, gender and sexuality in Caribbean and African Diasporal art and visual culture; memory, identity and hidden archives; photography as a medium and a social vehicle; Caribbean and general art history, curatorial practice and museums.