Talking with Ras Dizzy

Ras Dizzy is vocal against the injustices he meets within Jamaican society. A temperamental artist, he will 'curse you' as readily as he will tutor you in his reading from the Bible. His uneven temperament is reflected in his painting but, in his lucid moments, he paints powerfully and lyrically, with deep insight into the history of Jamaica and its people. Also a poet and a write, his titles are often enigmatic and he is not averse to writing within his paintings. Favourite themes are cowboys, that hark back to the era of the 'western movie', popular in Jamaica during the 1960s and still a prevalent theme within dance hall culture, and which recall his own experiences/fantasies(?) of being a jockey at Caymanas Race Track and other race courses throughout the Caribbean, doctor birds (Jamaica's national bird) and local flora (probably a response to tourist demands), spiritual messages, wherein he sees himself as a saviour of the Jamaican people, and images of slavery and Jamaican history. 

Ras Dizzy died in 2009, to read more tributes to him and his work click here for the Jamaica Journal or watch a two minute video with Ras Dizzy.