Painter Jacqueline Gopie was born in Kingston, Jamaica and now lives and works in Coral Gables, Florida.
Upon retiring after a 21-year career in the United States Army in 2002 she began painting when she attended the University of Miami, where she earned a BFA in 2005 and an MFA in painting in 2012.
Focusing on idyllic scenes of black and brown children enjoying seaside leisure and playtime she subversively challenges negative media depictions of people of color. Her intent is to rewire the viewer’s learned negative physiological response to racial differences by introducing and insisting upon alternative positive contexts, narratives and visual imagery. Fusing gestural figuration and exuberantly colorful expressionism, she creates vivacious images filled with allusions to motion.
In 2016, Jacqueline was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant.