Visual Culture: Selections From The ‘World-A-Reggae’ Poster Art Show

September 19, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwerโ€”

Roots of Dub: King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo. Poster by Alon Braier

In January, we told you about the so-called First International Reggae Poster Contest organized by US-based, Jamaica-born poster artist Michael Thompson and Greece’s Maria Papaefstathiou The contest, celebrating Jamaica and reggae music’s rich tradition of poster art, received 1142 entries by 678 designers from 80 countries, the best of which are set to appear in World-A-Reggae: The 100 Best Entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest, opening Sunday, Sept. 30 at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Have an undying passion for reggae-inspired posters but can’t make it to Kingston before the show wraps Nov. 20? See all 100 selected posters here.

The poster above is called Roots of Dub, by Israeli artist Alon Braier, and it won first place. See below for some more cool selections, in our opinion, including a Burning Spear portrait by Tomasz Bartz of Poland, American artists Corine Campbell and Dean Bradley’s Millie Small and Super Cat posters, as well as Dmitris Evagelou of Greece’s tribute to Alpha Boys School, and UK-based Elizabeth Small’s amalgam of Jamaican music’s key names into the JA flag.

Burning Spear by Tomasz Bartz

Mille Small, by Corine Campbell

Super Cat, by Dean Bradley

Elizabeth Mason, Jamaica