Senate Hails Late Artist, Gene Pearson

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Senators on both sides of the aisle paid tribute today to acclaimed Jamaican artist and ceramist, Gene Pearson.

Mr. Pearson died yesterday. It’s suspected that he suffered a major stroke.

Senate President, Tom Tavares Finson opened proceedings in the Senate this morning by paying tribute to Mr. Pearson.

Mr. Tavares Finson described Mr. Pearson as a good friend of his and an outstanding artist.

Government Senator, Dr. Saphire Longmore gave details about Mr. Pearson’s work.

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The leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott Mottley described Mr. Pearson as a great Jamaican with a gift for creating fine art.

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Last evening, Culture Minister Olivia Grange said she is saddened by Mr. Pearson’s passing.

Minister Grange noted that people around the globe could always identify a Gene Pearson piece by its clarity, simplicity and commitment to the cultural expression of African identity.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.