Thierry Lefort - Biography

Thierry Lefort was born in 1967. At twelve years old, virgin of any theoretical and technical training, he grabs pencils, brushes, pastels and realizes his first drawings and his first paintings. It was a revelation, he found his own way of apprehending the world, its light, its colors and especially its beauty. Then it is the Chinese calligraphy, practiced in the province of Henan in China, which leads him towards a greater clearness of the line.
In the case of Thierry Lefort, we can talk about the "Renaissance of the Figuration", with all that this involves in terms of simplicity, elegance and purity, even spirituality. Paul Cézanne, to whom he dedicates an admiration without limit, said that "to paint from nature, it is not to copy slavishly, it is to carry out its feelings". Thierry Lefort offers us to reach our own feelings. "The act of painting and drawing requires such obedience that it becomes hypnosis, that it tears us away from ourselves to the point that time and the world around us no longer exist". Jean Cocteau.
Lefort Thierry, "Plein cadre", Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

The force and the particularity of Thierry Lefort reside not only in his technique, but also and especially in the rereading that he proposes to us of the world which surrounds him, in particular the industrial and urban world. For his works, he privileges to paint "on the motive", seeking to seize the world in its globality, in the intensity and the accuracy of its lights, its forms and its colors. Thierry Lefort passed master in the art to transcend the life to keep only what it contains of better, offering an enthusiastic and optimistic glance on places as diverse as stations, factories, bridges until of banal parking lots. However, in his representations of these places, the human being is absent, but we suspect it.
Whereas in his paintings all is favorable to the rediscovery of the beautiful, one should not be mistaken, Thierry Lefort does not seek to deliver a faithful image of the decoration, the landscapes, the cities which he paints. The "subject" and the "motive" are at him only alibi. They are the starting point of a complex composition where the masses, the features, the forms, the lights and the colors are forced to the balance. He achieves this balance with happiness.
In September 2021, Yoyo Maeght chooses to exhibit his paintings in Paris, this first collaboration is enriched by the publication of two limited edition prints.
Lefort Thierry, "Somewhere tonight", Oil on canvas, 114 x 146 cm

Lefort Thierry, "Une ville Fatale", Oil on canvas, 195 x 97 cm

Lefort Thierry, "Adorable mais dangereuse", Oil on canvas,120 x 120 cm