Winsom does not separate her life and her art. Her life is her art – Her art is her life. Winsom’s work interprets the elements, land, animal, and human presence from the context of the Afro-centric value system where spirituality is central as “respect for the elements guides human passage.” Through a variety of media such as painting, sculpture, film and installation, connections are established between different levels of existence through symbols in line and colour. Winsom’s current imagery can be ascribed directly to the ancient African religion of Ifá and the Ashanti which have mediated the relationship between the land of the living and the dead with an organic living structure. Winsom studied at the Jamaica School of Art and received formal training guided by Barrington Watson and Albert Huie. In 2015, Winsom received an Honorary Doctorate from OCAD University and in 2018 exhibited “I Rise”, a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Artist Code: 578


Yemaya Asesu

2000, 03:32 minutes, colour, English


1998, 03:30 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

She Was Like My First Mother
by Peter Hudson. Winsom: River of Life, 2000. Chatham: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham Cultural Centre, 2000.
Potent Pairing of Jamaica-born Artists
by Cate McQuaid. The Boston Globe, Apr. 8, 2000.