Practicing the Limbo Dance

November 2002


DATE OF BIRTH: September 27, 1927
PLACE OF BIRTH: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • Nelson Street Boys' RC School
  • St. Mary's College
  • Chelsea College of Art, London, England
  • CAREER:                                 In 1950, Assee was awarded a scholarship to the Trinidad Art Society where he studied under Sybil Atteck. In 1955, his works copped three awards in the Caribbean Art Competition sponsored by the Alcoa company. Throughout his career, Assee's work focused very heavily on the folklore of Trinidad. In addition to his paintings, Assee designed sets for many local plays. In the late-1950s, he migrated with his family to England where he continued his education at Chelsea College. Assee went on to exhibit his work at galleries in England and Wales. In 1998, he donated 31 of his paintings based on Trinidad folklore characters to the Trinidad & Tobago National Museum. His exhibitions included:
    • 1997 - Brixton Art Gallery, London, England
    • 1997 - "Trinidad & Tobago Through the Eye of the Artist," T&T High Commission, London, England
    • 1998 - "Exhibition of Trinidad & Tobago Art," Commonwealth Institute, London, England
    • 2002 - "The Bridge Exhibition," Morley College, London, England
    DIED: February 27, 2003, from natural causes in London, England
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit