Exhibits 

Rani Carson

Rasta Oil Painting by Rani CarsonRani Carson paints spiritual friends and experiences within the Jamaican Rastafarian culture. Traveling between her studio in Oracabessa, Jamaica and Riverhead, NY, Carson has created an intimate body of genre paintings. On view are tender moments of mothers with children, husbands and wives, archetypical man, archetypical women, along with a monumental 7&1/2 feet high and 11 feet wide multi-panel mural of a celebratory gathering of Rastafari bredren and sistren. In an interview with radio host Hazel Kahan (4/14/2014, WPKN 89.6 FM), Carson spoke about her depictions of the Rastafarian philosophy:

“What I have always felt in Jamaica is a closeness to spirit…. When I paint Rasta, I feel I am painting people who are taking a serious stand for truth, for righteousness, for Justice, and for culture against colonialism.”

“What I have always felt in Jamaica is a closeness to spirit…. When I paint Rasta, I feel I am painting people who are taking a serious stand for truth, for righteousness, for Justice, and for culture against colonialism.”

Seeing Carson’s delicate marks, lovingly rendered with casein paint, the viewer will delight in the artist’s ability to portray the life and spirit of her subjects. Carson’s mark making is inspired by Van Gogh’s drawing technique, while her use of color and deep interest in spiritualism has an affinity with Gauguin.

After receiving a BA in English Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1962, Rani Carson travelled throughout Europe viewing paintings. Carson returned to the USA and studied Painting at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA (1974). Carson taught as a Professor of Art at Suffolk County Community College’s Grant Campus from 1974 – 2010 while also serving as Curator for the Grant Campus Art Gallery (1993 – 2008, 2014). She has also taught two classes at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. Carson has exhibited her work in solo exhibits at the First Street Gallery and later at the Prince St. Gallery in NYC for over 30 years and at galleries on Long Island, and in Pennsylvania, and California. Carson’s work has been included in numerous group shows nationally and internationally including many of the Annual and Biennial Exhibits at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston since 1999, and also in the 2001 exhibit, “A Shriek from an Invisible Box” at the Meguro Museum of Art, in Tokyo, Japan. Carson’s work has appeared in a number of publications including American Artist, Winter/Watercolor edition, NYC, 2003.

View Rani Carson’s website at rastafari-inspiration.com

View Rani Carson's CV

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays. For additional information, please call 548-2536.

Directions to the Eastern Campus: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 70. Take Country Road 111 four miles to Country Road 51. Turn left toward Riverhead and go north on 51. After 3.5 miles, turn right onto Speonk-Riverhead Road to the campus entrance on the right.

Contact Us

Lyceum Gallery
Eastern Campus
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
Orient Building
MLRC 1st Floor

Margery Gosnell-Qua
Gallery Coordinator
(631) 548-2536
gosnelm@sunysuffolk.edu

Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Gallery is Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

Call (631) 548-2536 for more information.