Main Gallery, November 19, 2019 – 6:30pm
Painter Jacqueline Gopie was born in Kingston, Jamaica and now lives and works in Coral Gables, Florida.
After a 22-year career in the United States Army, she began painting in 2002 when she attended the University of Miami where she earned a BFA in 2005 and an MFA in painting in 2012. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant and residency.
She subversively challenges negative media stereotypes of people of color through focusing her paintings on idyllic scenes of black and brown children enjoying seaside leisure and playtime. Her intent is to rewire the viewer’s learned negative physiological response to racial differences by introducing and insisting upon alternative positive contexts, narratives and visual imagery.
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