Haitian Art Co.
Haitian Art Company
His long career in the army was not in conflict with his even longer career in painting. As an artist he was afforded more freedom than his fellow officers and did lots of traveling. At one point he studied weather forecasting in Chicago. Poisson remembered sketching and drawing pictures as a school boy.
He never had formal training and yet his very first painting of a peasant girl combing her hair hangs in the Musee d'Art today. He started painting at the Centre d'Art in 1944 and has been an inspiration to younger painters ever since. Through painting he tried to explain life and what is possible in life, usually choosing subjects of everyday life and families at work and play. Once in a while he would commemorate a famous event, such as the voodoo ceremony that began Haiti's revolution for independence on August 22, 1791. This painting is reproduced in several books.
Poisson was untrained, possessing a style all his own. He was always a sincere, creative person, and his works are sound, enduring and an excellent investment. His paintings are part of major and private collections throughout the world.
L'Ouverture Poisson is one of the 54 Haitian artists included in the World Encyclopedia of Naive Art, by Chartwell Books, Inc., 1984. He has been shown and published extensively.