Remembering Michael "Freestylee" Thompson (March 27, 1958 - August 15, 2016)
Memorial Exhibition Held at NYC's Consulate General of Jamaica
Michael "Freestylee" Thompson was a Jamaican visionary, activist and artist without borders. To celebrate his life, an exhibition of his work will be held at the Consulate General of Jamaica, beginning Monday, September 26, 2016. The installation will present 20 posters of his designs and remain on display for two weeks. We invite you to come celebrate the life of Michael Thompson on the exhibit's opening day (Sept 26) from 5-9pm ET.
Michael Thompson studied graphic design at the Jamaica School of Art in Kingston, Jamaica, now the renowned Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Michael was committed in the mission of helping to transform Kingston into a global port of call. The catalyst and centerpiece of his vision is reggae. Michael's ultimate goal was the erection of a monumental Reggae Hall of Fame Museum in Kingston, designed by a visionary architect of the caliber of Frank Gehry.
This grand structure must evoke the voice, vision and vocabulary of reggae and related musical genres. Michael's vision pays full respect to the roots and lineage of reggae's past. His mantra is a combination of heritage, tradition, aspiration and intuition. Michael believed in advocating and celebrating a music that is cosmic, optimistic, righteous, hip, healing - a wholesome alembic for these tricky millennial times. He has designed more than 500 posters through the last 7 years of his life. Michael left his wife and son behind on August 15th, 2016.