On the night of Tuesday, May 5th 2020, we lost a dear member of our Jacmel Arts community. Jacques Pierre, better known to his friends as Ti Boubout, died at the St. Michel hospital in Jacmel from undiagnosed illness. He was 54 at the time of his death and was a well respected member of the creative community in Jacmel and had been active at the Jacmel Arts Center since its founding in 2003. He was renown worldwide for his paintings that depicted powerful and often comical commentary on politics and social issues. He also liked to portray imagery from his country’s vodou traditions as well as make recycled sculpture from found objects. His work can be found in private and public collections around the globe including at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa, and at the historic Hotel Florita in Jacmel.
The artists at Jacmel Arts Center were Boubout’s closest family. He was a constant presence at the space and could usually be found sitting out front sharing jokes with our other artists or in the back yard enjoying the breeze from the sea and playing dominoes with the vendors there. He was always ready to give visitors a tour of the center or the neighborhood, well known among all gallery and shop owners in the area as someone who loved nothing more than sharing the culture of his home city. His smiling face and positive attitude will be missed at the center, but we know that his spirit will live on through the artistic legacy that he leaves behind and the difference that he made in the lives of all who had the privilege to know him.
In his memory, we at the Jacmel Arts Center are doing what we can to document that artistic legacy of his. In this effort, we ask that if anyone owns one of Jacques Pierre’s artworks or knows of where there might be works of his in public or private collections, please email us with images and information about these works. We have also established a memorial fund for Jacques Pierre to help cover the costs of his funeral and to commemorate our brother at the Jacmel Arts Center. You can donate to this fund here. Thank you.
Images below: Image on Left is Courtesy of The Waterloo Center for the Arts, Image on Right is from Hotel Florita