Earl Darius Etienne

 

On February 24th, 1957, A visionary and formidable artist was born in the person of Earl Darius Ettienne. A master artist who could not only turn paint on canvas into a masterpiece but mundane and simple materials into the most visually stunning work of art.

Earl attended the Massacre Government School and the St Mary’s Academy it was from these early years that he knew that his calling was to the Arts. He began his art journey and it was no turning back from there on out. His natural talent and evident creativity made him a sure candidate to be awarded a fellowship by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1982 to study fine art at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. It was there that he developed his unique technique of smoke effects on canvas called “bouzaille” or flambeau. A style he developed by chance as it emerged out of an accident with fire, showing his ability to turn the simple things into wonderful works of art.

In 1986, after graduating from Edna Manley College, he returned to Dominica and took up a role at the Chronicle newspaper as Graphic Artist, and an Art Teacher at local schools including the Dominica Grammar School. He then accepted a post as a Cultural Officer in the Ministry of Culture till his retirement in 2017.

To exhibit his work, Earl opened the Art Asylum in Massacre and various other locations through the years, finally settling at his home in Jimmit. His art touched various themes each with a different feel and perspective. He embodied the spirit of our traditional dances, celebrations and ancestors both African and Kalinago with every piece and sometimes used his work to give a deeper consciousness on political and environmental themes.

During his nearly 50-year career, Earl’s work was displayed in many art galleries, exhibitions and festivals in the worldwide. He was also curator for many exhibitions both locally and overseas.

 

Earl was a prolific producer of art and has won several art competitions. Moreover, he received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions to Arts and Culture. He was also a Carnival Costume Designer and Builder, Set Designer and builder, Graphic and Art Consultant, and a founding member of various associations related to the preservation of historical and architectural heritage.

This giant of an artist left this life on February 23rd, 2022, leaving behind a legacy of pure artistic mastery in not only his art works but through the many words of wisdom and knowledge that he imparted on all those who had the pleasure to work, learn and listen to him.

ARTWORK BY EARL ETIENNE
     
     
     

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