Isabelle Bryer was born in France, studied at the Beaux Arts in Lyon and then at the prestigious “La Martiniere” school of fashion. She moved to New York in 1989 and then Los Angeles to work in the fashion industry until the birth of her first child. She then decided to combine artistic creation with her passion for her child and started experimenting with portrait painting. Her early influences were Klimt, the Surrealist Movement and then Balthus, Frida Kahlo, and Douanier Rousseau.
Isabelle Bryer is known for capturing the essence of children at a moment in time that is all too fleeting. Los Angeles curator Raymond Ricord has said “(the children in Isabelle’s paintings) seem to exist in an ideal world, almost like a garden of Eden. The work seems to be nothing less than an evocation of the feelings of a happy childhood, feelings of celebration, of a deep connection to nature.”
Whether she is painting one child or three siblings, her portraits bring out each child’s personality. All of Isabelle’s portraits possess a certain whimsical quality with elements of nature (birds, bugs, creatures, clouds), favorite toys, and scenic outdoor backdrops that make them instantly recognizable as an Isabelle Bryer painting. When commissioning a portrait of your beloved child these details are discussed in advance to ensure a happy result.
Isabelle Bryer now resides in Los Angeles with her husband Chris and their two children, Leslie and Julien. Isabelle’s representational paintings and her privately commissioned portraits are in the homes of collectors in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, and France and have been exhibited at venues in the NoHo Arts District, Venice, Santa Monica and at Bergamot Station.