As a part of his retrospective, “Love, Loss and Life”, artist Thierry Lamare will share frame building techniques at a three-hour workshop at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Many of Lamare’s frames are built from found driftwood and crafted with a skill and attention to detail that is virtually flawless.
The workshop will begin with a brief tour of Lamare’s “Love, Loss and Life”, where participants will be able to closely examine the frames that in many ways echo the aesthetic that the artist brings to his work. Materials are included in the costing for the workshop, however, participants are invited to bring any viable reclaimed wood that they would like to use.
Painter and transplant Thierry Lamare has called The Bahamas his home for almost thirty years. Over that period, he has become a keen observer of the Bahamian landscape, its people, customs, and traditions, some of which are slowly fading, others shifting quickly like the dying light which he captures so evocatively.
Lamare’s artistic journey began at the early age of 13 years, and although he deviated during his college career when he studied math and later, interior design, his love for painting was a constant and eventually led him to The Bahamas. In 1996 he visited Long Island where he met Ophelia and Joyce, his muses. Lamare continued to visit the island every year thereafter and cultivated a rich, deep relationship with these women whose lives and personalities are captured so evocatively in his work.
Following the tradition and genre of Realism, Lamare’s gaze and painterly gestures gently reconstruct the quality of the space that he occupies, reflecting the warmth and the coolness of the tropics. In Lamare’s paintings, one can easily escape into a world where time stands still and the beauty of the everyday comes into sharp focus.