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--> Category: Blain, Roland 

To stand before a Blain is to look at a freeze-frame from a dream.
Blain, Roland

Roland Blain was born in 1934 in Port-au-Prince. This egregiously talented painter has had a life-long on and off affair with his muse, that at times has seemed more like a tussle than a romance.

It began as a childhood crush, endless hours drawing and dreaming through picture books. But then years went by before the next step. He spent years chasing other leads and grooming other talents.

At 25 he came back to art for a year, studying under Joseph Jacob at the Foyer des Arts Plastiques, but only for a year. He abandoned his art for music; playing trumpet in a band, and for eight years seldom touched a brush.

Only in 1969, at the age of 35, did he return to his painting.

To stand before a Blain is to look at a freeze-frame from a dream. The insistent precision of every detail, the colors blending into each other, the quality of irradiation (reminiscent of the Douanier Rosseau), the chiseled edges of the leaves, the phosphorescent flowers, the very quality of the work, all seem to reinforce the chimerical feeling as with certain tapestries. Predators and paradise birds and the fauna of imagination roam his jungles. For Roland Blain has indeed gone far beyond the category of primitive. Roland Blain: primitive - fantasist - Haitian avant-gardes, giant.

1982 - International Art Expo, New York, NY
1982 - Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Books and Catalogues
1982 - Art Expo: New York, p. 213
1982 - Three Generations of Haitian Art, (Cat. #69, 70)
1983 - Le Paradis Et Les Naifs, p. 63
1988 - Where Art is Joy, p. 176

Permanent Collection
Musee d'Art Naif de Max Fourny, Paris, France


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