I will be working out of state this week, and so will not be shipping or open for vistors at the gallery.   The Indigo Arts website will be active as always, I will respond to emails, and I will be able to ship orders after October 26th.

The Indigo Arts website has remained active over the last year and a half despite the widespread shutdowns due to the COVID-19 virus.   I have been able to resume regular operations.  I am able to pack and ship most orders within a few days.   Shipping times have increased during this period.  The gallery is open to visitors on an appointment only basis and according to city masking regulations.   Please phone or email ahead.  

Note:  USPS service remains very  slow.   I don't recommend it if you are in a hurry.   Please note also that USPS shipping estimates include little or no insurance, which we must charge separately.
Please stay safe!

Benjamin Nicholas

About the Artist

Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize) 1999
Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize) 1999
Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize) c.2002 (photo courtesy of William Schoenemann, International Travel News)
Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize) c.2002 (photo courtesy of William Schoenemann, International Travel News)

Benjamin Nicholas (1930 - 2012)

Benjamin Nicholas was one of Belize's leading artists and the one-man chronicler of the history and culture of the Garifuna Indians. The Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people descended from African slaves who were shipwrecked on the island of St. Vincent and inter-married with the indigenous Carib Indians. Defeated by the British in 1797, they were deported to the islands and coast of Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize.

The son of a banana farmer, Benjamin Nicholas was born in 1930 in the southern coastal village of Barranco. He began to draw while attending primary school, and as a young man studied both commercial and fine art in Guatemala. Returning to Belize, he gained the notice of an American collector who sponsored his study of art at the University of Minnesota for three years. Nicholas' paintings depict both the history and the daily life and culture of the Garifuna people around him - from fishing and farming to healing ceremonies and mourning rites. Nicholas' reputation has steadily grown in Belize and abroad.  The renowned Belizean artist has been recognized internationally and was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.  He received many awards and mural commissions in public buildings.

We were informed by Mr. Nicholas' son Isiah that he passed away on April 9,  2012.
An obituary for Benjamim Nicholas can be found at:  http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/69013

 

 

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Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize)
SKU: BN-01

Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize)
Oil on Canvas (20 x 23 1/2) 1998

$525 (framed) SOLD 12/03

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Benjamin Nicholas
SKU: B-Nich

Benjamin Nicholas (Dangriga, Belize)
Oil on Canvas (24 x 30), c.1985
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Youths in Control
SKU: BN-2001

Oil on Canvas (22 x 48) c.1985.  
Provenance:  Private collection.  Current owner bought directly from Mr. Nicholas in Dangriga, Belize in 1985.
Condition notes:  Canvas is stretched but not framed.  Paint in good condition with some minor spots of flaking, mostly at the edges of canvas.

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