Haiti has a rich history of art born from a multicultural heritage. Many formal art academies were established there since independence in 1804. But some of the most interesting art has been created by artists who were outside of the academy system, and has been found in cemeteries, ceremonies and temples associated with the Vodou religion. This art includes drawings, paintings and metalwork. The artists of Haiti have come from many different backgrounds. Some embraced Vodou, others did not. Some have been trained, others have not. Many artist groups have been formed in the past eighty years; notably the Ecole Indigeniste, the Centre d’Art, and the Foyer des Arts Plastiques.
After the Second World War, tourism increased throughout the Caribbean. The newly created Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince fostered the discovery of the work of many Haitian artists by collectors from all over the world. A market developed which favored vernacular art. Regional styles emerged. Aspects of Vodou are depicted in the art of the Saint-Soleil School. The Jacmel artists often painted geometric landscapes. Cap Haitian artists tended to depict scenes of daily life. The most original art is created on a spiritual level of true artistic intention.
The work presented here is from a single collection, mostly from 1976. Some are later works by significant “first-generation” postwar artists. Others are works by second and third generation artists so described because many are the nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren of famed postwar artists. Some mimic a developed family style, as in the case of the Obin family. Today a new generation of Haitian and Haitian-American artists continues to create compelling and original work.
George Jacobs Self-Taught Art
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