Stephen LaPierre is considered one of the finest oil painters now working in Key West.
LaPierre’s star has continued to rise since he rolled into town from Boston, via Oslo, in April, 2010. Within 18 months of beginning his first Key West painting, he had produced enough stunning pieces of Duval Street landmarks, simple conch homes and grand guest houses, to land a one-man show at the city’s most prestigious gallery, the Key West Art and Historical Society’s Custom House Museum. When LaPierre’s exhibit, My Plein Air Key West Novel, opened in the museum’s main gallery this past December, the show’s reception broke museum records as more than 550 arts patrons and friends showed up to honor the master street painter and his 60 original works on display.
Since 2011, LaPierre has also consistently received the coveted Ann McKee Artist Award, given annually to the top ten visual artists/writers/performers currently on the Key West scene.
As a plein air painter, LaPierre remains a purist in his technique. Every piece is done on site…” outside in the fresh air,” as the French might say. Following the Ashcan School style of Edward Hopper and others, originating in the United States in the early 1900’s, LaPierre paints what he sees, capturing history with the accuracy of each piece and following the concept of “art for life’s sake,” rather than “art for art’s sake.”