File this under: I always want what I can’t afford. These days I’m all about home decor that is truly unique and noteworthy. Which means enough with the framed posters on my walls – I want art! Painted! On canvas!

And of course that is crazy expensive. So I spend afternoons wishing and hoping and eBay dream shopping for the kind of art I’d love to someday be able to just buy on a whim. I am not by any means an art connisseur, but I know what I like. I have a thing for Caribbean art, and I love images of women. Needless to say, Boscoe Holder has been on my list of favorite artists for quite some time now.

Boscoe Holder, Flowers In Her Hair

A catalog of his art is available for sale at The Gallery at Lancaster Great House in Barbados. Most have already been sold, but it appears that one of my favorites, Flowers In Her Hair, is available for $4,000. Sigh. I need a sponsor.

For now I’m gonna have to settle for a print of his most famous painting, The Head Tie – available online for $39.99, or on canvas for $189.99.

Boscoe Holder was also an entertainer, a dancer, and a choreographer of note. Here’s some rare video of him performing on television.

And of course his brother Geoffrey is still a working actor and voiceover superstar.

Click here to see more of Boscoe Holder’s paintings.

How is your home decorated? Do you have favorite wall hangings, posters, or paintings? Tell me about them!


Vonmiwi says:
April 21, 2010, 8:17 am
Check out my post about Karin's art on my blog. She was one of my afrolistas of the week. I'm unable to post the link due to work and I'm not at my desk.LOL!
Christine says:
April 21, 2010, 2:02 pm
Love Boscoe Holder's work. We tend to get somewhat "silly" art. One of our favorites, currently in the basement den is a cartoon like monster eating a Philadelphia newspaper holder. But it's original! and painted on canvas! and bought for all of $40. My husband paid to get it framed, but I don't think it was too bad. The secret? we bought street art from an unknown artist during one of Philly's First Fridays (basically the first Friday of every month the galleries along a few street blocks open up, musicians, street performers and individual artists set up shop to sell along the side walk). You should see if Chicago has something similar. You're bound to get something you'll love. Also check out the galleries around you for relatively unknown artists. You can find a lot of great pieces out there that are quality made, original and won't break the bank.
pets says:
April 21, 2010, 3:55 pm
I love Bosoce and also Cazabon both Trinidadian artists of renown born in different centuries. Here are 2 Trinidadian Art Gallery websites your readers can check: and
pets says:
April 21, 2010, 3:56 pm
correction sorry
Vonmiwi says:
April 22, 2010, 2:49 pm
I love his paintings also. Here are two artist whose artwork I'm sure you and your readers will love and their paintings are inexpensive.
Tracy Fuller says:
October 15, 2018, 9:42 am
I own one of Mr. Boscoe Holders original and signed painting of “The Head Tie”. I purchased it so many years ago i can’t remember but i fell in love with the beauty of it. I always thought of the lady in the painting as myself. I have no idea what it’s worth these days as it costs my a hefty sum back when i purchased it.