October 2017


DATE OF BIRTH: September 13, 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • Richmond Boys' EC School
  • Queen's Royal College
  • Academie Julien, Paris, France (1963-64)
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (B.A. in Fine Arts - 1970; Diploma in Education - 1970)
  • CAREER:                                 Hinkson's interest in painting began in elementary school and continued through high school when he began painting with oils and, occasionally, teamed up with schoolmate Peter Minshall in painting oudoor scenes of selected sites in Port-of-Spain. His work was displayed for the first time in 1960 when the work of Five Young Artists (Pat Bishop, Alice Greenhall, Donald Hinkson, Peter Minshall, Arthur Webb) went on exhibit. He studied the work of artists for a year at the Academie Julien after gaining a scholarship from the French Government. In 1965, he was awarded a Canadian Government scholarship and attended undergraduate school in Edmonton, Alberta. He returned to Trinidad in 1970 to teach at his alma mater, Queen's Royal College, while continuing to paint and hold exhibits throughout the Caribbean. In 1998, his work was exhibited at the State University of New York, Albany, New York, USA. In 2012, he published his memoirs in "What Things Are True," and later wrote "The Light in Paint: 50 Years of Watercolour" in 2017.
    • 2011 - Honorary Doctor of Letters (D Litt), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
    • 2020 - Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal (Gold) for Art
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit