Haitian Art Co.
Haitian Art Company
First Generation Master
|With the death of Jacques Enguerrand Gourgue in 1996, Haiti lost one of its leading modern painters. The son of a French psychiatrist and a Haitian woman, said to be a "mambo"
(Vodou priestess), his creativity surfaced early. He joined the
Centre d'Art in 1947 at the age of 17. That year he completed
"The Magic Table", now a part of the permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art.|
His visual vocabulary includes the mountains of Haiti, skeletal trees, peasants and their huts, and all the accoutrements of Vodou. By juxtaposing familiar objects in surprising ways, he creates a surrealist style that invites the viewer to meet him on the level of the subconscious, giving free reign to emotion and fantasy.
Haitian Art Co. is open 10am-6pm (eastern standard time) 7 days a week.