One Love Books celebrates the artworks of the late dancehall illustrator Wilfred Limonious
One Love Books are currently touring In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art Of Wilfred Limonious, Christopher Bateman and Al ‘Fingers’ Newman’s book and accompanying exhibition that celebrates the pioneering dancehall illustrator and cartoonist Wilfred Limonious (1949–99).
“For the past five years,” says One Love Books’ founder Al Newman, “Christopher Bateman and myself have been documenting Limonious' extensive body of work, primarily for a book (due out this summer) but also for this exhibition which is currently touring the UK.”
The exhibition displays reproductions of Liminious's work from the early 1970s through to the mid-1990s, spanning his career as a newspaper comic strip artist (such as his work for the Jamaican daily newspaper The Star, featuring cartoon characters like Amos and Chicken) and his illustrations for the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL). The exhibition also shows his dancehall sleeve art for the likes of Jammy’s, Power House, Studio One, Techniques, Ujama and Midnight Rock.
The coffee table book accompanying the exhibition will be published in August 2016.
In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art Of Wilfred Limonious has already been to Nottingham New Art Exchange and Bristol Colston Hall. It will run at London's South London Gallery from 24 March–3 April. Then it moves on to Oldham Gallery Oldam (8 April–6 May) and London The Tabernacle (23–29 May).