(1739 - 1795)
John Mare was active/lived in New York, North Carolina. John Mare is known for naive portrait, trompe still life.
Biography John Mare
A Colonial artist, John Mare left only thirteen paintings that have been documented, although it is said he painted about 20 canvases. His painting of John Keteltas with a fly sitting on the cuff of the subject is likely the first "trompe l'oeil" (fool the eye) painting in America.
Nothing is known of his art training. From 1759 to 1778, he was active in Albany, New York, and between 1769 and 1771, he was in Montreal, Canada where he painted a portrait, of Rene-Ovide Hertel de Rouville, one of the first two French-Canadian judges to be named by the British. This painting is in the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal. He was also active in New York City between 1760 and 1772 and painted many prominent residents of the city