In his book, ‘Forgotten Eden”, Thomas (1968:81) wrote that “…..there is no art [in
While it is true to say that the weaving of coco de mer leaves is said to have been taught by the Frenchman, Benezet, back in the 18th century even art, per se, as expressed on canvas, had existed for a long time in
One of the first artists was no other than Billy KING, a freed slave who expressed on canvas his capture on the African continent and ”forced exile” to Seychelles.
It is true that most of the other veteran artists, however, were of European origin.
WORKS OF CONTEMPORARY
“Vallée de Mai”
|Other Upcoming Artists: Colbert NOURRICE (Centre) and Allen CAMILLE|
The Minister of Culture then said that an exhibition which featured the works of artists, painters and sculptors was a testimony to the development of art in
Among those who have established themselves are well known ones such as Leon Radegonde and Egbert Marday.
Egbert’s works feature much of the traditional culture and environment expressed wonderfully in his sculptures.
“How long? African mother”
The younger artists too have been expressing themselves in a variety of styles as they struggle to establish themselves.
“La Danse traditionelle”
On the occasion of the fourth Kreol Festival (26 to 31 October 1989) an exhibition of old Seychellois paintings was held at the National Archives then located at La Bastille.
Among the artists whose works were exposed were:
She was born in the 1900s. Apart from painting landscapes she was particularly interested in painting decorated curtains (‘
Carmen de SORNAY, born LANIER
She spent most of her childhood in
At 61 years old in 1989, she specialized in oil painting using a knife!
Robert du BUISSON
An accomplished musician playing the harp, the violin, the guitar….) and a gifted craftsperson enjoyed painting ‘la nature morte”, namely the the coco de mer and others…., historical and religious themes such as ‘Adam and Eve’ in the Garden of Eden (which many believed was in the Seychelles) with the coco de mer having the biggest seed in the world as the forbidden fruit. He was approaching his 100 years when he died in Austalia where he had settled. His son Raymond who lives in Praslin has inherited his father’s style!
PAINTINGS OF Robert DUBUISSON
|“Adam and Eve”||“Pitcher Plants”||“Flowers of
Marguerite HALL, born HARDY
She arrived in
Painting of Anse à La Mouche Plantation House (Photo-NMS)
He was in
He is one of the veteran artists who most Seychellois of his time knew. He was born of a French father and a Seychellois mother who arrived in
Like Dubuisson in both
He died in
As the architect for two (2) buildings which have been declared national monuments (‘La Bastille’ and ‘Lenstiti Kreol’ (or ‘Maison St Joseph’) and a cartoonist and musician, Lett was above all an artist passionate for his art. He was excellent in both water colour and oil painting. He died in the nineteen seventies.
He came to
She was born in 1920 and later moved to
Aged 79 in 1979, born Payet, she was Louis Payet’s cousin. Though she was more interested in music she left behind one of her rare paintings, a landscape.
Born in April 1908 painting was just one of his past times. Like his father and grandfather he was also a musician (piano and organ) for the Church in particular. He also liked to paint for the Church including statues. He had an exhibition at l’Alliance Francaise in 1959 where pots and vases were superbly painted or decorated following a technique he learned from Mr. Guy Devoud.
He was considered a ‘modern’ artist because of his techniques. Arriving from