I will be working out of state this week, and so will not be shipping or open for vistors at the gallery.   The Indigo Arts website will be active as always, I will respond to emails, and I will be able to ship orders after October 26th.

The Indigo Arts website has remained active over the last year and a half despite the widespread shutdowns due to the COVID-19 virus.   I have been able to resume regular operations.  I am able to pack and ship most orders within a few days.   Shipping times have increased during this period.  The gallery is open to visitors on an appointment only basis and according to city masking regulations.   Please phone or email ahead.  

Note:  USPS service remains very  slow.   I don't recommend it if you are in a hurry.   Please note also that USPS shipping estimates include little or no insurance, which we must charge separately.
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Préfète Duffaut

About the Artist

Préfète Duffaut (Photo from Musée d'Art Haitien)
Préfète Duffaut (Photo from Musée d'Art Haitien)
Préfète Duffaut
Préfète Duffaut

Préfète Duffaut was born in 1923 in Jacmel, on the south coast of Haiti. He passed away on October 6th, 2012. Brought up by an unkind stepmother, Duffaut withdrew into himself and escaped to an ideal world on paper. His little sketches and paintings helped him to overcome periods of despair. By age twelve, he worked as a shipwright like his father. He had to cross the seemingly endless and imposing mountains to get to the coastal ciies to work. After his marriage, Duffaut resettled in Jacmel, where he decorated his small house with geometric designs of stars, flags,and vases filled with flowers. He was on a job hunt in Picmi on La Gonave when the Virgin appeared to him in a dream, telling him to decorate the church walls with her image. Duffaut did as he was told, to the joy of the villagers. After he returned to Jacmel, American friends of DeWitt Peters made his work known through photographs of his wall paintings. His association with the Centre d'Art then began. He rarely paints other subjects than the Virgin (for Duffaut a representation of Erzulie), pictures of geometric designs, and imaginative constructions of mountains dotted with little houses, with the sea in the distance. Even his two murals for Holy Trinity Cathedral - "The Temptation of Christ" and "The Processional Road" - include these scenes. However, each painting is packed with didactic meaning expressing his moral, philosophical, and religious ideas. From Haitian Art by Ute Stebich, 1978.

"Born in Jacmel in 1923, Préfète DUFFAUT arrived at the Centre d’Art in 1948.  He was immediately noted for the strength and specificity of his talent.  In 1950, he is among the artists chosen to paint the murals of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Port-au-Prince. Impetuous colorist, he never stopped giving priority to drawing.  His inspiration, from the start, was fed by two primary sources endlessly repeated in infinite variations and meticulous work: the imaginary city and Virgin Mary-Erzulie.  Two themes lived in their ambiguity.  Two themes connected to both Catholicism and voodoo.  This ambiguity explains why Duffaut is selected as one of the genuine representatives of international surrealist painting."   Dr Michel Philippe Lerebours (cited by the Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation).

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Haitian Art

by Ute Stebich, Brooklyn Museum : exclusively distributed by H. N. Abrams (1978)

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Where Art is Joy - Haitian Art: The First Forty Years

Selden Rodman
Ruggles de Latour, New York, 1988

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