Born 1926 – Died 5 March 2018
Dorothy Henriques-Wells (1926 – 5 March 2018) was a Jamaican painter and art teacher known for her sparse, vibrant watercolours depicting Jamaican plants and landscapes. Her works have been exhibited in the National Gallery of Jamaica and she received the Silver Musgrave Medal for Art in 1951.
As an art educator, Henriques-Wells has taught for over two decades at some of Jamaica's most prestigious high schools including: St Andrew High School for Girls, St Hugh's High School, and Meadowbrook High School. She has also taught at the tertiary level at Mico Teachers' College and The University of the West Indies, Mona.
Henriques-Wells was a founding member of the Jamaican Artists and Craftsmen Guild. She ran a gallery for local artists called The Art Wheel from 1968 to 1970.
In the late 1970s, Henriques-Wells and her family moved to Barbados where she was commissioned by the Caribbean Development Bank to create a portrait of Sir W. Arthur Lewis.
In the early 1980s, the artist lived near Dakar in Senegal where she painted the local peoples and the lively market scenes of Senegal on burlap canvases. Henriques-Wells later moved to Washington DC and then Miami, Florida.
In 1987, she was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal for Art by the Institute of Jamaica, and in 2007 she was awarded the Alexander Cooper Master of Craft award.
During her career, she participated in many solo and group exhibitions, both internationally and throughout Jamaica. She exhibited at the Victoria Craft Market Tercentenary, at the NGJ's Biennial and Annual National exhibitions, and at the Institute of Jamaica's All Island shows in Kingston.Her final exhibition was in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami in 2016. Henriques-Wells' works are included in the collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ).