The creative world is in mourning following the death of Kenneth Neville Anthony Garrick, a renowned graphic artist and visual designer best known for his work with Bob Marley. His daughter, Naomi Garrick, CEO of Garrick Communications Ltd, has confirmed the sad news.
Neville Garrick’s distinguished career in art and music spanned over 50 years, during which he crafted more than 100 album covers for legendary reggae artists like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, and many others. His work as Art Director for Bob Marley stands out, with timeless artwork covers and designs that continue to be celebrated worldwide.
Garrick’s journey in art began at Kingston College and led him to the University of California at Los Angeles on a soccer scholarship. There, he became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement, mentored by Angela Davis, and contributed significantly to the Black Students Union. His collaborative mural, “The Black Experience,” remains a poignant symbol of African-American struggles and triumphs.
After returning to Jamaica, Garrick became the art director of the Jamaica Daily News, and later, the art director for Tuff Gong. His deep connection with Bob Marley extended beyond professional boundaries, marking him as a custodian of Marley’s legacy, including roles at the Bob Marley Foundation and contributions to the documentary “Time Will Tell.”
Garrick’s influence transcended album art. He was a central figure in Reggae Sunsplash and captured his Rastafarian journey in “A Rasta’s Pilgrimage – Ethiopian Faces and Places.” His dedication to the arts was recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence and the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD).
Among his final projects were his role as Historic Advisor for the upcoming Bob Marley Biopic: One Love, and “Colour the Music,” a documentary created with his son, Nesta, celebrating his illustrious career and black culture.
Neville Garrick’s passing is a significant loss to the art and music communities, but his legacy of creativity, cultural influence, and passion remains an inspiration. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, former wife, and extended family, leaving behind a timeless imprint on the worlds of art and music.