Yves Telemak (Telemac)

About the Artist

Yves Telemak, 2004 (photograph by Marilyn Houlberg. Reproduced with permission)
Yves Telemak, 1995 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 1995)

While still in his thirties, a relatively young age for an established artist, Yves Telemak became a prominent member of the famous "Bel-Air school" of flag-makers. The son of a respected vodou priest, Yves began his career by working as an assistant in the atilye (atelier) of the Bel-Air flagmaker Joseph "Boss To" Fortine. After learning the craft from "Boss To", Yves ventured out on his own. Eager to design drapo Vodou that expressed his personal artistic vision, Yves transformed a room in his family compound into a small workshop and began making flags. Like most premiere flagmakers, Yves makes drapo for Vodou societies, but the vast majority are sold to tourists and art collectors. The central motifs of his works are inspired by the religious traditions of his family, suggested by friends and acquaintances, or based on popular images culled from magazines and tourist brochures. Brilliantly expanding upon the distinctive styles employed by the Bel-air artists with whom he trained, Yves' complex geometric patterns and wide polychromatic borders make his work the most readily identifiable of any contemporary flagmaker.
From Haitian Vodou Flags by Patrick Arthur Polk, University Press of Mississippi, 1997

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Yves Telemak (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (40 x 32), 2002

$ 975
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Sequins and beads on fabric with fringe
(41 x 33), 2005

$ 975
SKU: YT/D0801

Sequins and beads on fabric
(40 x 33), 2006

$ 975
SKU: YT/D0803

Sequins and beads on fabric
(41 1/2 x 35), 2003

$ 975
Diable Tibokaw Vodou Flag
SKU: YT-1601

Sequins and beads on fabric (40" x 33"), 2008
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$975
Erzulie Freda Vodou Flag
SKU: YT-1603

Sequins and beads on fabric
(40 x 33), 2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$975
Kouzen Zaka - Vodou Flag
SKU: YT-1605

Sequins and beads on fabric (40 1/2" x 34"), 2009
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$975
SKU: YT/V0601

Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 x 17), c.2006

$ 225
Dambala - Vodou Flag
SKU: YT-1604

Sequins and beads on fabric (16" x 10"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$125
SKU: YT/D1201

Sequins and beads on fabric (41" x 33"), 2000

Ex. collection of the late Marilyn Houlberg.

$ 975
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Erzulie Freda Vodou Flag
SKU: YT-1602

Sequins and beads on fabric (40 1/2" x 33"), 2002
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$975
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SKU: YT/D1401

Sequins and beads on fabric
(20 1/2 x 17 1/2), 2012

$ 245
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SKU: YT/V-0602

Sequins and beads on fabric
(21 x 17 1/2), 2006

$ 225
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SKU: YT/V0903

Sequins and beads on fabric (21 x 17 1/2), 2008

For sale for the benefit of Haitian Artists' Relief Fund!

$ 185
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SKU: YT/D1402

Sequins and beads on fabric
(17 x 13 1/2), 2013

$ 185
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Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou

Donald Cosentino, Editor
With Essays by Susan Preston Blier, Robert Farris Thompson, Sidney Mintz, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique, Laennec Hurbon, Karen McCarthy, Mama Lola, Marilyn Houlberg, George Rene,Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick Polk, Tina Girouard, Randall Morris, Donald Cosentino
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Los Angeles, 1995

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