Yves Parent (1941-)
Born in Normandy, France in 1941, sailing and painting are his life long passions. Yves Parent is a graduate of Paris University and the Institute d'Etudes Politiques. Essentially a self-taught artist, he carries his art materials with him to most places he goes, and painted a watercolor of Cape Horn on location, while crewing aboard Kriter IX, the French entry in round the world races in 1981 and 1982. He has painted and exhibited coastal scenes in France, England, Bermuda, St. Barth and in the Virgin Islands, as well as in the United States. He also had several solo shows in France.
Owner and manager of a mineral water company in France from 1969 to 1984, he has devoted his time to painting since then, sailing whenever time permits. Parent has sailed across the Atlantic seven times, twice in single-handed Trans-Atlantic Races from France to the Caribbean (in 1978 and 1982). After the 1982 race he sailed up the coast and fell in love with New England. Since then he returned to the East coast annually until 1993, when he established a home on the coast of Connecticut. He paints the coastal scenery from Maine to the Caribbean.
Two books of his watercolors, both out of print, were published in Paris. He has also contributed to an instructional text compiled by Rachel Rubin Wolf and published by North Light Books, titled Painting Ships, Shores and the Sea. His work was also included in A Gallery of Marine Art published by Rockport Publishers. One of his watercolors was selected for the cover of the Connecticut Boater's Guide 2002, published by the Connecticut D. E. P.
Parent is an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and of the Salmagundi Club, New York. He conducts regular watercolor workshops.