Parent, Yves (1941-2011) FR (1)

Catégorie : PEINTRES

ParentYVBorn 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, were always been his passion. His watercolors were 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 was 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.

Yves ParentAfter the 1982 race, Parent sailed up the U.S. East Coast and fell in love with New England. He had a home in Pawcatuck, Conn.
Yves Parent died of cancer at the age of 70 at his family home in La Trinité sur Mer in France.

Two books of his watercolors, both out of print, were published in Paris. He contributed 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 were exhibited by a number of East Coast galleries, including the prestigious Mystic Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum. He was frequently commissioned to paint portraits of yachts and waterfront homes. He was an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). In the past he painted and exhibited coastal scenes in France, England, Bermuda and St. Martin, in addition to the United States.


Shamrock V Passing Castle Hill Inn and Lighthouse, Newport, RI