Jack Lestrade (1932- )
Born in South West France, he has always been attracted to traveling to special places to do what he likes the most - painting. Self-taught, he spent five years in Canada and more than forty years in the United States of America. He became internationally established as watercolor artist. (He also paints in oil).
Jack was an A.O.A. (Artist of America) "Master" in Denver, Colorado, having exhibited in their annual, now defunct national show for 16 years.
He has shown at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the National Academy of Design in New York City, the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA) in Oklahoma City, the Colorado History Museum of Denver, Colorado, the Great American Artists show in Cincinnati, Ohio and has been published in several nationally known art magazines such as American Artist, Artists of The Rockies And The Golden West, Southwest Art, Western Art Digest, Focus, as well as being featured in four watercolor books published by North Light Books Publishing Co. in the U.S. and by Quarto Publishing in England on the Art of Watercolor Painting. He has had numerous solo shows and his work is in many private collections around the world.
Jack and his pianist, organist, singer and song writer wife Judy Blair, reside most of the year in the Lot region in South West France, dividing their time between France and the United States.
He is represented in Carmel, California by Westbrook Galleries, in Chicago, Illinois by Sternberg Galleries, in Scottsdale, Arizona by the Brennen Collection Gallery, in Santa Fe, New Mexico by Nedra Matteucci Galleries.
He is a member of the C.A.A. (Carmel Art Association) in California, having lived in Carmel for over 20 years. He is also a member of Artists Fellowship of New York City, and was a member of the Arts et Lettres de France, an international cultural association for whom he showed his paintings for the first time in France ( Montauban, and Toulouse) from 2004 to 2007, winning a prize and a silver medal.
He's an Academician at the Academie Internationale des Arts et Lettres and belongs to La Maison des Artistes. He is listed at Drouot Cotation.
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