Thierry Lamare

Born in 1957 in the Parisian suburb of Saint Germain-en-Laye. Thierry studied art at the Atelier du Sculpteur Etienne Martin and interior design and architecture at the Ecole Camando.

Thierry began experimenting with watercolour during his first visit to the Bahamas in 1985. His controlled technique treats watercolour almost as oil paint, building layer upon layer, providing luminosity and depth to his work.

Throughout his artistic life, Thierry has studied and been influenced by such masters as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Johannes Vermeer and Andrew Wyeth. However, according to Thierry, studying the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, the American realist, has provided him with the strongest technical influence, namely the importance of light and shadow. Clearly the element of interest in a scene painted by Thierry is the contrast between light and dark. Each subject is very personal for Thierry in both selection and execution. Influenced by his annual visits to many of the surrounding islands of the Bahamas, and through years of dedication Thierry’s unique style has matured and developed. His paintings capture Bahamian life through scenes that show us vivid examples of island living and his love and understand of the people he paints.

Married to Bahamian Joie Brown, they, with their two children divide their time between France and the Bahamas. The support from Coutts Bahamas Limited and private collectors has enabled Thierry to exhibit a collection of his work annually in the Bahamas since 1989. His paintings may be found in the private collections throughout the Bahamas, France, England and the United States.

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