J.W. Folkes is an accomplished self-taught Barbadian artist with over twenty-five years of creative experience. He has won several National Fine Arts Awards atNIFCA, the local annual independence festival of creative arts, including multiple Golds and the prestigious Ivan Payne Award of Excellence, of which he medaled twice. J.W.’s body of work showcases many of the cultural and traditional elements of Barbadian life and his fondness of the village chattel house is evident. His preferred medium is oils, and presently the artist is exploring new expressions of his creativity and new collaborations within the local art community. The artist is presently involved in a number of Mural creations, both in public and private spaces on the island. J.W is an affiliate of Cher-Antoinette’s Studio Barbados.