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Paul Gardère, First Letters, 1987, Acrylic, plaster, cement, on canvas board an…

Paul Claude Gardère (1944 - 2011) was a Haitian and American mixed-media artist who received artistic training at The Art Student’s League of New York (’60 - 61), Cooper Union (BFA ‘67) and Hunter College (MFA ‘72). He holds the distinction of being the first Haitian Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem (‘89-90), was awarded a residency at Fondation Claude Monet (’93) and received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painting in 1999, among other notable achievements. During his 40+ year career, he worked and exhibited in both the United States and Haiti, but maintained his primary residence in Brooklyn, NY.

Exhibiting vast technical and stylistic range, Gardère’s painting and mixed-media discipline realized diverse works and series, all of which investigate the phenomenology of racial and cultural relations (both conflict and syncretism) produced by Western imperialism and transnational migration in his native and adoptive countries. Drawing on history and symbology from Haitian, French, and US American cultures, Gardère’s work unites the national histories that informed his cultural experience and conveys the complex, often paradoxical multiplicities implicit in Afro-Caribbean diaspora identity and the post-colonial immigrant experience. His works simultaneously reflect his own inner tensions as well as the dynamics of power and cultural identity at play in global populations reckoning with histories of exploitation and forced acculturation to Eurocentric systems and values.

-Estate of Paul Gardère

Paul Gardère, A Single Stone, 1987

Paul Gardère

A Single Stone, 1987

Acrylic, plaster and cement on canvas board with wood

Paul Gardère, First Letters, 1987

Paul Gardère

First Letters, 1987

Acrylic, plaster, cement, on canvas board and wood

Paul Gardère, The Apple Tree, 1994

Paul Gardère

The Apple Tree, 1994

Acrylic, plaster, cement, glitter on canvas and wood

Paul Gardère, Hunger, 1995

Paul Gardère

Hunger, 1995

Acrylic, glitter, mud, iron, wood and clay on wood

Paul Gardère, Exotic Garden, 1995

Paul Gardère

Exotic Garden, 1995

Acrylic, mud, glitter, photographs and mixed media on wood

Paul Gardère, Desire, 1996

Paul Gardère

Desire, 1996

Acrylic, glitter, mud, tin and fabric on wood

Paul Gardère, Giverny Revisited, 1997

Paul Gardère

Giverny Revisited, 1997

Acrylic, glitter, found objects and mixed media on wood

Paul Gardère, The Bones of Apollo, 1998

Paul Gardère

The Bones of Apollo, 1998

Acrylic, framed photographs, glitter and mixed media on wood

Paul Gardère, The Big Book, 1998

Paul Gardère

The Big Book, 1998

Acrylic, mud, glitter, found objects and mixed media on wood

Paul Gardère, Untitled, 1984

Paul Gardère

Untitled, 1984

Ink on paper

Paul Gardère, Untitled, 1984

Paul Gardère

Untitled, 1984

Ink on paper

Paul Gardère, Untitled, 1984

Paul Gardère

Untitled, 1984

Ink on paper

Paul Gardère, Untitled, 1984

Paul Gardère

Untitled, 1984

Ink on paper