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.
Please stay safe!

St. Pierre Toussaint

About the Artist

(Haiti c.1923-1985)

Saint-Pierre Toussaint was born and lived in Planton-Café, a small hamlet near Kenscoff, the well-to-do district, 1500 meters above Port-au-Prince. His career as a painter began in the summer of 1968. A summer visitor had left him his amateur painter's kit, and Saint-Pierre Toussaint started using it.

Gerald Alexis - Peintres Haitiens

Saint Pierre Toussaint started painting only in 1972, when he watched Michele Manuel, a Haitian woman artist working in the mountains near Kenscoff. He is still a farmer, but in his free time, he paintis. Completely isolated from the art world in Port-au-Prince, St. Pierre has created a style and imagery completely his own.

Toussaint can be quiet and contemplative, but he is also a lively man who likes to laugh and dance in voodoo ceremonies. Married to a hounsi, voodoo is a vital part of his everyday reality. As a farmer, he is close to nature; he understands and listens to it. His paintings are perfect translations of his personality and the facts of his existence.

Toussaint's temperament comes forward in his vivid brushstroke, in the liveliness of his palette, and in surfaces completely covered with forms inspired by nature. Stylized leaves and blossoms, birds, and little bugs are his principal images. Sometimes he mixes them with symbols known to him from voodoo: the heart of Erzulie, the boat of Agoué, flags and vévé.

Totally flat in design, made up of what seem to be unconnected images, Toussaint's pictures vibrate with energy. Often the forms are outlined in dark colors and filled with parallel diagonal lines holding the composition together. Sometimes the shapes are defined only by colors that contrast with the tones of the background. His paintings appear to be abstract mazes at first glance, yet with the help of his familiar images, one is never lost.

Ute Stebich - Haitian Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Abrams, 1978

St.-Pierre Toussaint
SKU: SPT-1501

Oil on canvas (24" x 36") with original hand-carved frame, c.1978
Condition note: some cracking of paint surface.

$1,500 $1,350

Yellow Bird with Green Head
SKU: SPT-1701

Oil on canvas (20" x 21") with metal frame, c.1970's.
Ex. Collection of Jonathan Demme.



St.-Pierre Toussaint
SKU: SPT1502

Oil on masonite (37" x 12") with original hand-carved frame, c. 1980
Condition note: small hole in masonite approx. 1"below top center.

$750 $600

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