About the Artist
Thierry Lamare was born in 1957 in the Parisian suburb of Saint
Germain-en-Laye. He studied art at the Atelier du Sculpteur Etienne
Martin and interior design and architecture at the Ecole Camando.
Lamare 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 Lamare has studied and been influenced
by such masters as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins,
Johannes Vermeer and Andrew Wyeth. However, according to Lamare,
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 Lamare is the contrast between light and dark.
Each subject is very personal for Lamare in both selection and execution.
Influenced by his annual visits to many of the surrounding islands
of the Bahamas and through years of dedication Lamare'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 understanding 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 Lamare to exhibit
a collection of his work annually in the Bahamas since 1989. His
paintings may be found in private collections throughout the Bahamas,
France, England and the United States, along with the collections
of Swiss Bank International, Templeton Global Advisors Limited and
Fidelity Bank & Trust International.