Review of FIT with Leasho Johnson

By Deborah Anzinger Monday, December 17th, 2012 Categories: Artist Talk, Updates

The first ever installation of FIT, which featured the work and thoughts of exciting young artist Leasho Johnson, was a success. Leasho delved into what propels him as an artist and what it’s like to be an artist that draw heavily on dancehall culture bringing it into the vernacular of what is considered fine art.

All photographs courtesy of NLS

An intimate and open conversation ensued from audience members’ questions that ranged from the technical to the ideological aspects of his work, and even what his studio practice is like. The music that was provided by Creative Sounds along with the synergy of great people made for a long and enjoyable evening as everyone hung out to get more acquainted and enjoy refreshments!

Participating in the conversation were curious art lovers and newcomers, as well as more established contemporary artists such as Charles Campbell, O’Neil Lawrence and NLS advisory committee member Ebony G. Patterson.

Make sure you’re at the next one! And visit our website to stay updated and see even more photos:

Leasho 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. He recently exhibited his work at Mutual Gallery as a finalist for the Super Plus Under 40 competition and is currently exhibing in The National Biennial, the National Gallery of Jamaica.


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. The next FIT, scheduled for Saturday January 26, will feature mult-disciplinary artist Rodell Warner.


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.
Twitter: @NLSkingston

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.