Wilfred Limonious (1949–99) was one of #Jamaica’s most prolific graphic artists, producing a significant body of work for the island's music industry as well as working as a cartoonist. A true #Jamaican folk artist a humble man who produced vibrant, hilarious and often outrageous #art, but behind the pen was a quiet loner who simply loved to draw. #WilfredLimonious began his career producing comic strips for the Jamaican daily newspaper, The Star, with cartoon characters such as #AmosandChicken becoming particularly popular. During the 1970s he worked as in house illustrator for #Jamaica’s national literacy programme, JAMAL (Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy), before going on to produce a huge body of work for the Jamaican music industry, illustrating hundreds of LP jackets and record centres for labels such as #KingJammy’s, #PowerHouse, #StudioOne, #Techniques, #Ujama and #MidnightRock. Despite being widely recognised among reggae and dancehall circles, Limonious’ illustrations are relatively unknown in the wider art world.
His work remained relatively unknown outside of Jamaica because most of these records were never released internationally. #Reggae and #Dancehall aficionados frequenting vinyl import stores around the globe however often keep fond memories of these rare records not only due to the music but also because of Limonious' vivid and often hilarious illustrations. Digging deeper into the crates one will also find examples that go beyond the often cited cartoon characters. Particularly his hand-made renditions of those geometric shapes that were ubiquitous in the 80's have a charm of their very own. Unfortunately little can be found on the web about his personal life apart from the fact that he has passed away sometime in late 90's. @djalfingers#reggaehistory#reggaevinyl#reggaeart