Joan Mitchell Center

Jacqueline Gopie

Miami, FL
Painting
March 11–May 3
➔ jacquelinegopie.com

“Images of Black people have been adversely manipulated for so long. By using images of Black children enjoying seaside leisure and play as a gateway to empathy, I provoke the viewer to consider their own multi-layered notions of race without force-feeding them a specific narrative. Hopefully, this will change perceptions of race by rewiring learned negative responses into positive ones—one image at a time, one mind at a time.”

Painter Jacqueline Gopie was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and now lives and works in Coral Gables, Florida. Her work confronts and challenges negative race-based media depictions of Black and Brown people. Upon retiring after a 21-year career in the United States Army, she began painting in 2002 when she attended the University of Miami, where she earned a BFA in 2005 and an MFA in painting in 2012. She credits much of her success as a painter to her professor and mentor, Walter Darby Bannard. She is a 2016 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant.

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Jamaica Day at Port Royal

Jamaica Day at Port Royal

2018, acrylic & pearl mica flake on canvas, 36 x 72 inches

Quick

Quick

2018, graphite & oil on vellum, 24 x 19 inches

Into the Big Blue

Into the Big Blue

2018, acrylic & pearl mica flake on canvas, 40 x 28 inches

Determined

Determined

2018, graphite, acrylic & pearl mica flake on canvas, 18 x 12 inches

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

2018, graphite, acrylic & pearl mica flake on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Edge of the Ocean

Edge of the Ocean

2018, acrylic & pearl mica flake on canvas, 14 x 26 inches

Big Race

Big Race

2018, acrylic & pearl mica flake on canvas, 72 x 42 inches

Girl in White

Girl in White

2018, graphite & oil on wood, 9 x 3 inches