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Wendy Nanan

Wendy Nanan (born 1955) is an artist from Trinidad and Tobago. Much of her work focuses on the multi-racial aspects of Trinidadian society, often featuring images of religious figures and post-colonial symbolism.[1][2][3] Nanan has exhibited in Paris, France; London, England; Washington DC and Kentucky, USA; Prince Edward Island and British Columbia, Canada; Johannessburg, South Africa; and the Dominican Republic.


Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, she took classes at Manchester Polytechnic, before obtaining her BFA in Painting from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1979. She has been exhibiting regularly worldwide since 1985, and is currently based in the town of her birth.[4] She attended cricket matches with her parents in childhood, an experience reflected in some of her work.[5] She works in various media, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture.[6]

Nanan's work is included in the National Museum and Art Gallery collection in Port of Spain.[1] Her images are featured in a limited edition first-day cover for Royal Mail's "World of Invention" stamp issue, celebrating the London Cricket Conference 1–3 March 2007, first international workshop of its kind, hosted by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.[7] In a 2012 exhibition entitled Independence, at Medulla Art Gallery, Port of Spain, she applied her art to interrogate Trinidad and Tobago's 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain:[8] several life-sized multi-ethnic queenly heads layered with postage stamps from former British colonies now forming the Commonwealth of Nations, revealed how the image of England’s queen was projected into all corners of the world, reflected today in lingering colonial mentalities.

Wendy Nanan is represented in two art history publications: Caribbean Art by Veerle Poupeye,[9] and Art in the Caribbean by Anne Walmsley and Stanley Greaves.[10]


  1. ^ a b Veerle Poupeye (1998). Caribbean Art. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-20306-4.
  2. ^ "KMAC Museum". KMAC Museum. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  3. ^ Jacqueline Bishop. "Trinidadian Artist Wendy Nanan Talks About the Importance of Place in Her Works". HuffPost Arts & Culture, 6 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  4. ^ ARC. "Wendy Nanan". Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - In pictures: Caribbean cricket art, In the middle". Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Wendy Nanan", Uprising Art - Contemporary Caribbean Art. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  7. ^ FDC 101 Cricket: Dawn of a New World. Issued 1st March 2007. A little piece of art and history from Bletchley Park Post Office, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, UK.
  8. ^ Marsha Pearce. "Art Breeds Possibility: Wendy’Nanan’s New Works". ARC, 22 April 2016, Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  9. ^ Veerle Poupeye. Caribbean Art (The World of Art). Thames & Hudson. 1998, ISBN 9780500203064, paperback, 224 pages.
  10. ^ Anne Walmsley and Stanley Greaves, Art in the Caribbean – an Introduction, New Beacon Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1873201220, paperback, 184 pages.