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Sébastien ETIEVANT

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Acrylics on canvas - mini-canvas - pastels - sketches - C.A.D

About Sébastien ETIEVANT, western symbolism and Goryo Shinko Painting



sebastien etievant banchousarayashiki no okiku - ghost in the well

After an in-depth study of western Tarot lore and related traditional symbolism, Sébastien Etievant started to grasp the incredible power of colors and their tight relationship to the realm of the psyche. He quickly started creating his own Tarot Trump based acrylic canvases, deeply rooted in Jung's Tiefenpsychologie as well as in some of Aleister Crowley's teachings, step by step building his personal universe and unique acrylic technique. Most of these esoteric and sometimes morbid canvases were displayed in Paris in 2012, as part of the Attentat Artistique Festival.

In 2010, Sébastien Etiévant had already undertaken a series of long visits in Japan, which he describes as "The Country of Ghosts". He gathered a lot of inspiration from powerspots like Osorezan - 恐山 (Mountain of terror), sleep paralysis induced visions, urban legends and folk tales he collected, especially in Northern Japan (Kitatouhoku region)...

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This resulted in 2014 in a shift towards an apparently less psychology inspired and more purely spiritual form of art he named "Goryo Shinko Painting", and which could be trace back its roots to an ancient religion called Goryô Shinkô (御霊信仰-ごりょうしんこう), the religion of ghosts : Japanese people from the Heian period indeed used to believe that when properly worshipped, vengeful spirits can turn into benevolent divinities.

Every ghost illustration needs a preliminary study, that consists of dozens of different sketches and paintings, before the ultimate canvas can be achieved... Only a painting which has succeeded in capturing faithfully enough the spirit's essence can considered by the artist as a valuable offering to the Otherworld and thus be labelled as "final".

This series of paintings also demonstrates a strong Christian influence, which can be related to the ancient Maria Kannon cult. In the same way that the mid-17th century outlawed Christians worshipped Kannon statues as symbols of Maria, the "Snow Witch" that Sébastien Etiévant relentlessly depicts in his paintings might be understood as symbols not only of Nature, but also of the sadness, benevolence and purity of Mary, mother of Christ.

sebastien etievant 番町皿屋敷のお菊 
お菊 - V - Total Curse



New painting based upon Okiku's legend.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol, on paper, 30/11/2015
滝夜叉姫
滝夜叉姫 - III /
Princess Takiyasha at Sôma Palace



Painting based upon a legend from Fukushima prefecture. Princess Takiyasha, daughter of Taira No Masakado, defending her ruined castle, riding a giant magic frog.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol, on canvas, 25/09/2015
sebastien etievant 沼御前 numagozen fukushima canvas
沼御前 - II /
La vierge aux couleuvres



Painting based upon a legend from Fukushima prefecture named Numagozen. Finished by pure chance on the anniversary date of 03/11.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol, glue on canvas, 11/03/2015
sebastien etievant banchousarayashiki no okiku - ghost in the well
番町皿屋敷のお菊様 - III /
Okiku's Ghost in The Well III


Small size Okiku Painting.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol on canvas, 11/2014
sebastien etievant juurokunintani 十六人谷 富山
十六人谷 - VII


Juurokunintani, seventh version. A3 Format.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol on canvas, 09/2014
怪談雪女郎 - XVII / Ghost
Story Of The Snow Witch


Ghost Story Of The Snow Witch ( Yuki Onna), seventeenth version. A3 Format.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol on canvas, 07/2014
怪談雪女郎 - XVI / Ghost
Story Of The Snow Witch


Ghost Story Of The Snow Witch ( Yuki Onna), sixteenth version. small size.

Acrylics, chinese ink, alcohol on canvas, 07/2014
ムカデ姫の墓 - IV /
Grave Of Princess Centipede


I came across Princess Centipede's Grave site by pure chance, while wandering around Morioka's temples and shrines...After having this straneg story retranslated from Japanese, I started a series of sketches and finally was satisfied with this canvas...