Michael “Freestylee” Thompson’s Art in Montego Bay Airport

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In “Reggae Art Skanks into Montego Bay Airport,” Tanya Batson-Savage (Susumba) writes about Jamaican artist and activist Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson (1958-2016), whose work is presently on view at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, and his “reggae aesthetic.” She says:

The vibrant, energetic interpretations of Jamaican history, lifestyle, and culture, especially music, that went into the late Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson’s distinctive designs, now greets passengers arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Infused with a Reggae aesthetic, Freestylee’s designs allow the ink to skank energetically across the page, and his interpretations of Jamaica’ national heroes are on their way to becoming iconic, imbued with a passion and rebelliousness usually missing from the traditional interpretations.

The Sangster International Airport will sport 10 prints of Freestylee’s work, in a deliberate move to leverage Jamaica’s art and culture in not merely beautifying the airport, but improving the cultural experience.

“Michael’s work is iconic and celebrates, unmistakably, the Jamaican spirit and the country’s rich cultural heritage,” said Rafael Echevarne, CEO of the MBJ Airports in a release. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.susumba.com/art-design/news/reggae-art-skanks-montego-bay-airport

See more on the artist at http://www.reggaepostercontest.com/news/michael-freestylee-thompson-1958-2016/

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