Gerard Fortune (Haitian/Petionville, 1933-2020)
Seated Figure with Butterflies, circa 1980
Oil on masonite, 31″ x 31″
Provenance: Prestigious collection
Spiritual enlightenment and whimsy are what drive Gerard. His everyday and devotional scenes, enhanced with a heightened pointillist approach, reveal the work of a real vernacular master.
Gerard Fortune, commonly known by his first name Gerard, is a Haitian artist. His exact date of birth is uncertain, though Gerard has said he was alive during the Haitian dictatorship of Jean Claude Duvalier, which would put his age at about 50–60 years old. Gerard was born and raised in the city of Petionville, a suburb of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.
Damballa, also spelled Damballah, Dambala, Dambalah, among other variations (Haitian Creole: Danbala), is one of the most important of all loa, spirits in Haitian Vodou, Louisiana Voodoo and other African diaspora religious traditions such as Obeah. He is traditionally portrayed as a great white serpent, originating in the city of Wedo