Courtney A Hogarth

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Black Earth, 2007 Ink & Colour © artist
Dreamscape, 2005 Ink & Colour On Paper © Courtney Hogarth
Black Earth II, 2006 Ink & Colour On Paper © Courtney Hogarth
Colour Line I, 2008 Ink & Colour On Paper 63" X 63" © Courtney Hogarth
23rd Century, 2005 Ink On Paper © Courtney Hogarth
Reading Nude, 2003 Pen & Ink © Courtney Hogarth
Black Earth III, 2009 Ink & Colour On Papar © Artist
Colour Line II, 2008 Ink & Colour On Papar 5ft X 5ft © Artist
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Courtney A. Hogarth, Ph.D.

- Biography

Courtney A. Hogarth is a Jamaican artist who was awarded a Ph.D. in Classical Chinese Painting by the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His studio research focused on the language of Classical Chinese Painting, while his doctoral dissertation, titled: “Roots of Memory, Branches of Dream”, examined questions of identity and belonging in relation to the crystallization of artistic language. Hogarth is a graduate of Edna Manley College – School of Visual Arts, in Kingston, Jamaica.

He came to China out of a profound interest in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, to pursue studies in Classical Chinese Painting, Chinese Philosophy and Culture. He endeavours to exercise respect for the wisdom and traditions of the people with whom he co-inhabits the earth. It is out of the desire to interpret and share what he feels as an individual that Hogarth creates, utilizing visual imagery and the written word.

Hogarth’s paintings have been exhibited at the China National Art Museum, National Gallery of Jamaica, Sunshine Museum, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Grosvenor Galleries, Revolution Galleries and the Jamaica Tourist Board. In 2004 he curated his first solo exhibition in Jamaica. Titled ‘Spirit of The brush – Courtney Hogarth Looks at China’ it presented the Jamaican audience with ink paintings inspired by life in China. In 2006 Hogarth, along with four Chinese artists, created an exhibition titled ‘Cocoon’ at the newly established Jamaican Embassy in Beijing.  In celebration of 35 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China, Hogarth curated and participated in an exhibition titled ‘Journeys’ in November 2007.

In his native Jamaica, he has been the subject of several newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television programmes. Hogarth has a unique interest in the literary world, writes poetry and prose dealing with the human condition, celebrating life, and questioning our journey as a nomadic race in the quest to find love and belonging. In 1994 he entered an essay competition sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). His entry titled: “Youth and the Struggle for Social and Economic Development in Latin America and the Caribbean” was awarded first place, qualifying him Jamaica’s representative to an international youth forum held in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1995. Additionally, he has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships, among them: the C.L. Stuart Award for Academic Excellence, the Mutual Life Foundation Scholarship, the Chinese Overseas Scholarship and the Distinguished Foreign Scholar’s Scholarship from the Government of China.

In February 2009, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, invited Hogarth to deliver the inaugural lecture of the newly established Confucius Institute. Here he spoke on: “Language, Learning and the Future”.

In China, Hogarth’s work has been reviewed on China Central Television (CCTV 9), China Education Television (CETV), included in exhibitions of the Central Academy, and published in ‘Configuration Multiply’ by Professor Hu Ming Zhe, of the Central Academy, in which she described his drawings as “…a seeming tropical breeze…” Additionally, his paintings are to be found in private collections in several countries and have also been collected by the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, the Jamaican Embassy in China, and the Ministry of Education, Jamaica. Over the course of several summers Hogarth designed and taught drawing courses at the Edna Manley College – School of Visual Arts.

One of his guiding philosophies is that the breadth of the world equals the individual’s mental space. Hogarth believes that artists ought to contribute to the creation of an environment allowing for visual interpretation to be accorded to dreams and ideas. This will, in turn, dictate how as creative individuals we communicate our visions to humanity – adding strength and impetus to that universal impulse seeking to forge a more harmonious, habitable environment.


2005 – 2008                         Ph.D., Classical Chinese Painting
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2002 – 2005                          MFA, Chinese Figure Painting
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

1999 – 2000                          Chinese Language and Culture
Beijing Language and Culture University

1993 – 1997                          Graphic Design and Communication
Edna Manley College of the Visual Arts

Exhibition History

2009 (June 7 - 20)   "Life.Creation"

DAX Art Space. 798 Art District. Beijing, China.

2008 – 2009               “2008 - 2009 Jamaica Biennial”
National Gallery of Jamaica

2008                            “Sunshine Museum (Shang Shang) Inaugural Exhibition”
Beijing (Song Village), China.
(Invited artist)

2008                           “Olympics Fine Arts 2008”
(Invited Artist)
Beijing, China

2008                            “3rd Beijing International Art Biennale
– Colours and The Olympics”
China National Art Museum

2008                             “PhD Graduation Exhibition”
Central Academy of Fine Arts

2007                              “Journeys”
(An exhibition celebrating 35 years of
Diplomatic Relations between
Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China)
‘Galleria on Third’, Beijing Hilton

2006 - 2007                      “2006 - 2007 Jamaica Biennial”
National Gallery of Jamaica

2006                                  “Cocoon”
Embassy of Jamaica, Beijing, China

2005                                   “Academy Lights” –
Graduation Exhibition for Master’s Degree Diploma
Central Academy Of Fine Arts

2004                                    Solo Exhibition, “SPIRIT OF THE BRUSH
- Courtney Hogarth Looks at China.” 
Grosvenor Galleries, Kingston, Jamaica

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