Rastafari Inspiration - Paintings, Rani Carson


Rani Carson began painting in Puerto Rico, and then studied with New York painter, Herman Rose. She lived in Paris before earning her MFA at Brooklyn College. She was Professor of Art at Suffolk County Community College, curated the Campus Art Gallery, and also taught at the Edna Manley College for the Visual Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Her paintings have been shown in annual and biennial exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Meguro Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Brooklyn Museum, the Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco. In New York City, she exhibited at the Allan Stone Gallery, participated in several Art Against Apartheid exhibitions, and also showed her work at two artist-run galleries: the Prince Street Gallery and the First Street Gallery. An article about her work appeared in the Winter/Watercolor edition of American Artist (2003).

Whether in her studio in Oracabessa, Jamaica or in Riverhead, NY, she continues to explore the depth of her inspiration from Jamaica's Rasta community.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions: (full list)

2022 Wa Fe Do/What is to be Done (with Arthur Hughes), Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2019 Peaceful Warriors (with Nancy Grilikhes), Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2019 One Under the Sun, Lyceum Gallery, Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus, Riverhead, NY
2014-2015 Ageless Beauty, Victorian Doll Paintings, Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY
2014 Paintings of Jamaica, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY
2011 The Promised Land, ARTSQUEST, Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
1995 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Chelsea Galleries, Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica West Indies
1992 Harmony Hall, Ocho Rios, Jamaica West Indies

Selected Group Exhibitions: (full list)

2019 The Summer Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, JWI
2019 OLA Benefit Art Show, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY
2018 Here Comes the Sun, East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY
2016 Chess, Adjustible Objects, An Annual Medialia Gallery Space II Exhibitions, New York City
2012 Death Becomes Her, Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY
2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003 National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica West Indies
2002 A Shriek from an Invisible Box, International Exhibition, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2001, 2000, 1999 Annual National Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica West Indies
1999 94 Days of Summer, A Survey of Long Island Painters, Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY

Publications and Interviews: (full list)

May 14, 2014 W.P.K.N., 89.5 FMInterview with Hazel Kahan on "Tidings", Bridgeport, CT
(rebroadcast April 10, 2019)
October 15, 2010 The Press of Manorville and the Moriches, Center Moriches, NY
November 26, 2006 The New Times Holler!A Special Interview by Amir Bey, New York City
Winter, 2003 American Artist, Winter/Watercolor Edition, New York City
August, 2003 The New York Times, New York City
March, 1998 Newsday, Long Island Edition
May, 1993 Sunday Gleaner, Pure Class, Jamaica, West Indies