Bahamian artist EDDIE MINNIS was born on October 14th, 1947. He was educated at St. John’s College and Government High School in Nassau. He graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1971 with a BSc. degree in Architecture. However, since his first love had always been painting, he decided to pursue a career in art instead of architecture.
Eddie is a self-taught artist. He has worked in a number of mediums including ink, watercolours and pastels, but he now specializes in oil painting with the palette knife. His interest in his method of painting began in 1965 and since then he has developed a unique technique. Eddie’s paintings are strikingly 3-dimensional in appearance and vibrate with the bright colour and light of The Bahamas. Mr. Minnis held one man shows in 1969, 1972,1976 and 1986. He has participated in numerous group shows both locally and abroad. His paintings are in private collections in many parts of the world including the U.S.A., Canada, Britain, Australia and Korea.
Mr. Minnis created a satirical cartoon “Pot Luck”, in 1970 which appeared in the Nassau Guardian for 7 years and in the Tribune from April 1977 until October 1981. Although he has discontinued the cartoon, he still does caricatures by special request.
Since 1971 this artist has also carved another name for himself as a singer and songwriter. He now has 10 calypso albums to his credit – “Der Real Ting”, “Nicole and Shan an …”, “Island Life”, “Mind Your Own Business”, “Junkanoo Jam”, “Guilty”, “Hey Mon”, “Discovery”, and “Greatest Hits I and II”.
Eddie’s religious beliefs have deeply affected his appreciation of the beauty of creation which he portrays in his work. He is an elder in the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in North Eleuthera, and devotes much of his time and energy to congregational responsibilities and evangelizing.