If the work of Wilfred Limonious seems familiar, you are either a paid-up dancehall fan – or you’ve seen Ferry Gouw’s homage to his style across the visuals for Major Lazer, which has morphed from mixing dancehall with harder styles to a full-blown pop project that headlined the Lovebox festival here in London last month.

Limonious’ art and design reflects true dancehall's humour and boastfulness with brash use of colour and characters with exaggerated personalities and actions – often packed with detail and speech bubbles containing agitated patois.

Much of Limonious’ artwork would have been lost or hidden in private collections if it wasn’t for Christopher Bateman and Al 'Fingers' Newman, who have scoured the globe to bring together the artist’s work for a new book, In Fine Style – written by Christopher and edited by Al. It’s a comprehensive collection of Limonious’ work from early illustrations for the JAMAL educational organisation to mainstream newspaper cartoons like Chicken – which preceded his work for dancehall acts that first emerged in the late 1970s as a reaction to increasing politicisation of reggae.

I caught up with Al and Christopher to learn more about Limonious – and their own attachment to the project.

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