Artist from Haiti - Jasmin Joseph
Jasmin Joseph's parents were very poor and he was never able to attend school. As a young man he worked in a brick factory. In 1948 Jason Seeley, an American sculptor teaching at the Centre d'Art, brought some work to the brick factory to be fired. When Jasmin saw the sculptures he was inspired to try some of his own. read more
He presented Seley with about 30 pieces that he had made, some copies of the work Seley had brought in, and some original sculptures of animals. Seley was so impressed that he brought Jasmin to the Centre d'Art for training in terracotta.
Jasmin is best known for his "Stations of the Cross" and the "Apostles Gallery" at the Ste. Trinité Episcopal Cathedral. are superb examples of his skill and show great dignity.
In 1950 Jasmin turned from sculpting to painting. The works of Bigaud, Bazile, and Obin that he had seen in the church while doing his sculptures had inspired him. In addition, he had become dissatisfied with the damage that was done to his creations while they waited to be fired and during the firing itself. About the same time, he converted from Voodoo to Protestantism. This change was reflected in his work, which changed from voodoo scenes to Christian themes. He paints pictures with moral overtones, using allegories from the animal kingdom to make his point. This takes on special meaning with the knowledge that the "white rabbit" is a portrayal of the artist himself, preaching and teaching values to those around him. Always unhappy about his lack of education, Jasmin used the first money that he earned from painting to learn to read and write. He is also a lay preacher; a vocation in which he can continue his education and apply and impart what he has learned through his sermons.
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