The new year often comes with a fresh start. It's the time to cultivate a positive mentality, open yourself up to new opportunities, and move on to the next chapter of your life. Take inspiration from the Haitians, who started their new year with a desire for independence from France on January 1, 1804, the first time slaves revolted and successfully formed their own nation.
Celebrate this season with Haitians with some new art pieces, as you also begin to manifest your own 'revolution' in 2022.
This glimpse of a market day in Haiti, created by the late Haitian painter Jean-Elie Brisson, is a sight you'd still be able to witness today. Most Haitians don't buy food from a grocery store; instead, they shop at local markets for fresh produce.
Here you'll see men, women, and children carry boxes and baskets on their heads filled with items such as plantains, coconuts, or shoes. The atmosphere is hectic, with dealers eager to sell and buyers looking for the best quality at the lowest price.
In this acrylic on canvas painting, Jean-Elie Brisson expertly captures a Haitian market scene in remarkable detail and brilliant colours.
Buy it now for $3,500.
Philome was a very famous Haitian painter, and his work has never been anything less than extraordinary. Philome was a self-taught artist who marveled the world with his naïve art. His unique way of showcasing Haiti's day-to-day life is what makes his work speak volumes.
It's not every day we get to see a renowned artist's family painted in beautiful oil paint color.
Ernst Louizor depicts a joyful image of Haitians celebrating their liberation from Baby Doc, a previous ruler deposed by a popular revolt in February 1986. When gazing at this oil on canvas, you can perceive the excitement, pride, and triumph felt by the villagers at the time.
If you're looking for a statement piece of art, this stunning oil on canvas painting created by self-taught Haitian painter Andre Pierre may be it. Andre was known for featuring religion in his work. He was the pre-eminent painter of Haitian spirits.
In this particular artwork, he features three figures from Haitian voodoo;
- Baron Samedi, one of the loa (spirit) of the dead
- Ogoun, the god of iron, metal, and metalwork
- Erzulie Freda, the loa of vengeance and rage
Jose Morillo's famous oil on canvas painting of tobacco artisans shows a chic peasant family making cigars. It's regarded as a respectable artwork piece, featuring techniques he uses to express his emotions, including colors and lines.