This is a beautiful abstract painting of a bestial form in green, brown and black colors signed by the known emerging Haitian painter Sebastien Jean who was born on March 17, 1980, in Thomassin, Haïti, and passed away on November 2020. "My work is inspired by crafts, particularly in the choice of the medium, sawdust, coffee grounds, sand," says the artist.
Sebastien Jean was born on March 17, 1980, in Thomassin, Haïti. "My work is inspired by crafts, particularly in the choice of the medium, sawdust, coffee grounds, sand," says Jean. Self-taught painter and sculptor, encouraged by his mother, he began drawing and painting at the age of 13, mainly on bamboo stalks. In 2004, he abandoned the practice of artisanal painting to risk the artistic experience of painting on canvas. From then on, his sensitivity finds the tone. The method of masks, costumes, and sets of carnival seems to have nourished his taste for fantasy. Animated with tremendous potential energy and a free and active imaginary, Sébastien discovers a field of representation that allows him to express genuinely his feelings, that of the anthropomorphic bestiary. Disturbing image, from which he derives maximum expressive resources. A singular universe populated by predatory monsters, birds of prey, wandering phantoms. A spectral vision of a tormented world.
Sébastien very soon found himself on the international scene: Fondation Agnès b in Paris, 54th Venice Biennale, Global Caribbean III at the Cultural Center of Miami. Consecutive stays in residence of creation in the city of the Arts in Paris and Limoges consolidate its acquired. His sculptures are made from objects of recovery. He paints large canvases and has developed an original technique by combining smoke black with color, giving his paintings a very particular chiaroscuro. (C. Raccurt, biographical summary). Sébastien Jean has several exhibitions under his belt and participated in 2007-2008 in the Haiti-Africa residency organized by the French Institute, with the support of the artist Mario Benjamin, curator of this exhibition, and PIASA in Paris, France.
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