Saturday, 29 May 2010

Jérome Lagarrigue

Jérome Lagarrigue  was born on August 18, 1973, in Paris, France. Son of a French father and African-American mother, he is known for his paintings and illustrations. The main topics of his work include portraits, urban landscapes and fight sports.

It was while visiting his grandmother in Harlem every summer that Paris-born Jérome Lagarrigue increasingly became interested in depicting New York City urban atmospheres. The people, the architecture, the sounds that one can only witness in New York have become his areas of exploration. Lagarrigue has always decided to explore themes and subject matters close to him.

Lagarrigue is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for Best New Talent, the Marion Vanett Ridgway Award for Best Illustrator, and the Villa Medicis grant and residency in Rome.

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