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John Daigre

Mixed Media / Lafayette, LA

Artist Statement

There would be a slim chance that a pediatrician with no training or leaning toward artistic endeavors would somehow show an interest in creating art. That chance though, began to come to life in the mid-nineties when John Daigre and his wife, Toni, were introduced into the world of southern folk art. Almost immediately, the opportunity to meet and purchase a few paintings by previously unknown folks who just picked up a brush and began to paint on found objects and virtually anything available to them, developed into a passion for collecting their artwork.

About 5 years later, I began to dabble into the same type of artwork, feeling that 'if someone else can do it, maybe I can too'. One thing led to another, and the pleasure of creating a piece of art began to creep into my DNA. Seeing a finished product, usually in bold colors, has given me a great feeling of self-satisfaction and accomplishment.

Biography

John and Toni arrived in Lafayette in the summer of 1966. Both were born and raised in West Baton Rouge parish, attended LSU, and then John completed his medical education at LSU in New Orleans. An internship in Shreveport was followed by the opening of a general practice in Baton Rouge in 1961, which was ended almost immediately when the USAF dictated that John was to be drafted and sent to Japan for two years along with his family. It was to be a life changing time as they were exposed to people, places and things they had not experienced before. An interest in Pediatrics developed there, and John entered into a pediatric residency in Denver once back in the states.

John entered into a practice of pediatrics in Lafayette, with Dr. Ed Wynne in 1966. An interest in antiques, starting in Japan, prompted the opening of an antiques business, Cypress City, dealing in primitive Louisiana antiques, art and architectural pieces. The insertion of folk art into the business followed. Cypress City Antiques is now located in the Lafayette Antiques Market on Johnston Street.