Henry Nickson is one of the young artists who are taking the history and didactic tradition of the master, Philomé Obin, in a new direction. To the heroes and victories of the Haitian Revolution, the events associated with the U.S. Occupation of 1915-1934, and with the political turmoil of recent decades, Nickson adds the rich and complex religious life of the citizens of the northern province. His work is visionary, created from school book stories of an honored past, joys and sorrows of the present moment, faith in Bondye (God) as expressed by Protestants, Catholics and Vodouisants, and his own resonant dreams. His style is more painterly than the traditional mode, with nuanced skys and colorfully modeled surfaces. It is as if the "classic" mode of Obin is evolving into a "Baroque". Yet the new works go beyond this simple stylistic modulation to incorporate the oneiric sensibility that the novelist Alejo Carpentier called "magical realism."
Arts Haiti is pleased to be able to add these recent works from Henry Nickson.