NLS presents ‘FIT’ with Leasho Johnson

By Deborah Anzinger Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 Categories: Artist Talk, Updates

Please join us for the first installment of FIT: A conversation with young painter and sculptor Leasho Johnson about the themes behind his current work, his influences and what his process is like. Some of Leasho’s work in progress will be on hand. Leasho Johnson is a Kingston-based artist whose “work accesses points in Jamaican culture where the seemingly contradictory collide; where male aggression, unabashed sexuality and devout Christianity coexist freely.” — ARC Magazine

Johnson received his BFA in 2009 from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He has shown locally at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Red Bones, Mutual Gallery, in the U.S. at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, and in the Netherlands at KADE. Leasho recently exhibited his work at Mutual Gallery as a finalist for the Super Plus Under 40 competition.

Pum Pum Tun Up East and West, 2012. Photo courtesy of Leasho Johnson

FIT will take place on Saturday December 15th starting at 4pm at 190 Mountain View Ave, in Kingston 6. For more information visit or their facebook page.


Fit is a series of casual conversations with artists talking about their works in progress. The series takes its name from the local word used to describe a fruit ready to be picked but not fully ripened.


NLS (new local space) is an artist-run contemporary visual art initiative in Kingston. NLS was founded as a place for visual artists making work in dialogue with contemporary issues to engage with the public, experiment with new ideas and collaborate with each other. NLS is a non-profit subsidiary of the audio recording studio and production company Creative Sounds Ltd.


Deborah Anzinger
Deborah Anzinger

Deborah Anzinger is an artist and founder of NLS, a visual art initiative in Kingston. Prior to NLS, Deborah was manager of the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), a non-profit space in DC. Deborah was a founding member of DC-based artist collective Sparkplug and her work has been shown in DC at Civilian Art Projects, Porch Projects, DCAC, The Fridge, and Hillyer Art Space; in Arlington, VA at the Arlington Art Center and George Mason University; and in Jamaica at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Deborah’s work has been featured in the DC- and Berlin-based web journal The Studio Visit (TSV), and she is a member of Project Dispatch, an art subscription service.