Art: Review of Eric Jean-Louis

Repeating Islands


In “That Vodou that who do?” Natalie Willis discusses ancestry, heritage, memory and light in the work of Eric Jean-Louis (on view in the current exhibition, “Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism” at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas).

Eric Jean-Louis (b. 1957) is an artist hailing from Haiti, well-known and much loved and it is easy to see why. His work is filled with the human and natural balance of light and dark, the duality we all struggle with and that we see in the world and in ourselves. Visually, his work packs a graphic punch with his style of shading blocks of dark and adding bright stripes and slivers of light – and they are really a stunning sight to behold. To those who find themselves cringing and shying away from the word Voodoo, as in the title of this piece “Ceremonie de Bois…

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