Born in Brussels in 1956, Henri began to travel widely from the age of 16, funding his trips by painting and selling his work on the spot, enabling him to get from one location to the next.
Apart from a brief spell at a Paris art school in 1975, he has not received any formal training, preferring to rely on his natural ability and feedback from the public.
Lepetit possesses a direct and fluent style, using thick, creamy paint to depict scenes including France, Italy and England. Virtually all of his paintings are figurative and depict people involved in leisure activities. They are relaxed, inviting the viewer to be part of the scene.
The Marina at Auckland's Maritime Museum
Oil on canvas
51 x 61cm
Henri Lepetit Auckland Harbour Oil on canvas 41 x 51 cm Signed NZ$3,600