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Fred Jamar

Fred Jamar

Belgium born and raised, Fred Jamar is inspired by the Charleston landscape, creating oil paintings that are motivated by photographs of narrow cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways. Currently on exhibit at Robert Lange Studios until April 1 is Jamar's collection of new oil paintings titled "Private View."

His work is rich with color and fantasy; the expressionistic bubble trees and looming sky create intensity and whimsy. At his house one Sunday afternoon, Jamar told me about his life: how he worked for J.P. Morgan in finance and how art was not a path he felt encouraged to follow by his family.

Upon taking early retirement from finance, Jamar now paints every day, following his compulsion to express himself through art and motivated by novelist George Eliot's quote, "It is never too late to become what you might have been."

Jamar easily could teach art, show at more exhibits or focus on selling paintings, but he doesn't. All he's ever wanted to do is paint, and now every morning, he gets to live the life he's always imagined. Jamar spends his time on commission pieces, preparing for the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, reading, enjoying life and spending time with family and friends. About painting, Jamar said, "I love it. It makes me dream. It keeps me young."


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