AHMAD RASHEED BOODHOO
“I am my work
my work is me” (self)
My career as an artist began in the early 1970s’ with Omowale Stuart at
Yoruba Yard and then De PAM. I remained very active in the art scene
into the 80’s taking part in every show until the tragic death of my friend
and fellow artist Randolph Batiste. I spent the sabbatical coaching
cycling and swimming and working in the family businesses – music (my
other passion) with my brother and food with my mother.
I returned to art in the 2000s’ with the influence of my friend
Nigel Pierre and re-entered the Barbados Arts Council to serve
as Vice President and President over the years.
In 2007 I picked up my camera again and with an invitation from Leslie Taylor to join the Barbados Photographic Society began my journey to becoming a photo-artist (an artist painting with a camera). I entered NIFCA winning two bronze medals.
2008 was a momentous year. I exhibited in four shows at Queens Park
Gallery, three at Barbados Arts Council, one at Gallery of Caribbean Art
and two overseas shows, China and Russia. NIFCA was a big success as
won Gold, Silver and Bronze and two awards – Most Improved
Photographer and Best Black and White Photo.
In 2014 I had a ground-breaking show, “Heritage Chronical” at the Errol
Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (UWI) and the following year
I released my coffee table book of black and white photographs,
At present, I am prepared for a show overseas.
On the music side I have worked several years with National Cultural
Foundation as a Judge for Party Monarch and also served as Chief Judge
for a couple of years.