René’s work is described as lovely and very decorative work, invoking memories of some of the great St. Ives School painters of the past, and still highly affordable. Many people are reminded of their own childhood or their children’s, his paintings invoke fond memories of bygone times.
Rene Legrand was born in Singapore of Swiss parents. He came to Britain in his formative years. After discovering his talent for painting his art teacher encouraged him to apply to the prestigious Slade School of Art, where he studied classical and old master techniques. After gaining his diploma from the Slade, Legrand secured an exhibition of his work at Heals Department Store; this was a sell-out and introduced him to his first patron.