(1941 - 2011)
Born in Normandy in 1941, Yves Parent was exposed to art and the sea from an early age (his mother was an art teacher). His university studies included law and political science; he spent several years in the French civil service, being stationed on the Island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Sailing and painting, however, have always been his passion. His watercolors are always with him -he painted Cape Horn on location, while crewing aboard Kriter IX, the French entry in the round the world races between 1981 and 1982. He has been a crewmember in many offshore races between 1962 and 1980. He sailed in eight Fastnet Races. Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Races took him from France to the Caribbean in 1978 and 1982.
Two books of his watercolors, both out of print, were published in Paris. Currently he is contributing some material to a book titled Painting Seas, Skies, Ships and Shorelines to be published by North Light Books, specializing in art related subjects.
Mr. Parent's works are exhibited by a number of East Coast galleries, including the prestigious Mystic Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum. He is frequently commissioned to paint portraits of yachts and waterfront homes; in the past several years he has completed over fifty commissions. He is an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). He conducts regular, well-attended watercolor workshops, which he can conduct in French and English. In the past he has painted and exhibited coastal scenes in France, England, Bermuda and St. Martin, in addition to the United States.
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