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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