Marlon James was born in 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica and is currently based in The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, which includes group exhibitions at The National Gallery of Jamaica, Punkt Ø / Galleri F15 (Norway)  Gallery of Mississauga (Canada), The IDB Cultural Center (D.C.), Art Museum of Americas (D.C.), Bargehouse (London), Aliceyard (Trinidad). He has also been published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Art Jornal41, Pictures from Paradise, Jamaica Art: Then and Now and ARC Magazine Issue 4. He received his BFA from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2003.


Beyond searching for beauty in the mundane, I have and I will always be interested in and intrigued by the human form. My choice to document black and brown people in their own natural environment came about after my group exhibition in Jamaica; Young Talent V 2010.  My go-to portrait style at the time was quite minimal, as I would photograph individuals against a stark white wall. I generally felt in the beginning that environmental portraits would distract from the person - I still do to a degree - but as time went by, I wanted to showcase elements of the Caribbean organically. So I looked into striking a balance with the environment and using dramatic lighting to place focus on the subject.


Solo Exhibition:

Marlon James: Intimate Encounters / March 23, 2013 / NLS, Jamaica

Group Exhibition:

Jamaica Biennial 2022: Pressure, National Gallery of Jamaica

The Photography Show / February  2020 / Y Art Gallery, Trinidad 

Jamaican Spiritual July 2017, St. Stephen Walbrook, London

Jamaica Biennial 2012 / 2014 / 2016, National Gallery of Jamaica

Jamaican Routes exhibition / Punkt Ø Galleri F15 2016, Norway

FLOAT exhibition TRANSFORMER Museum / June 2014, Washington D.C

Contemporary Jamaican Art Exhibit Circa 1962 - 2012 / Gallery of Mississauga 2012, Canada

Wrestling with Image 2011(Art Museum of the Americas), Washington D.C.

About Change- Contemporary Jamaican Artist / IDB Cultural Center 2011, Washington D.C

Shot in Kingston 2010(Alice Yard), Trinidad 

Young Talent V May 4, 2010, National Gallery of Jamaica


Archives No.2 : Au Courant 

Stranger's Guide : King Yellowman 

Marie Claire : Why Black Women in a Predominately Black Culture Are Still Bleaching Their Skin

Picture from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography 2012(book) Robert and Christopher, Trinidad and Tobago

Jamaica Art: Then and Now 2011(book) LMH, Jamaica

Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism Issue 41 / 2013(book), Duke University, New York

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