Timur D’Vatz | Notre Dame de France

February 1, 2016 6:32 pm Published by

In 2015, the parish of Notre Dame de France celebrated it’s 150th anniversary of the Marist congregation finishing the year with an unveiling of a commissioned altarpiece by Timur D’Vatz.

Religion has always played a significant role in Timur’s life.  Theological themes and symbols flow through his paintings fusing with mythology, legend and often depicting scenes with biblical reference. Timur was commissioned to create a monumental altarpiece painting for the Notre Dame de France church, a French church in Leicester Square, London.

Working on the church commission in the studio in Normandy

French priest St. Marcellin Champagnat, founded the Marist Brothers in 1817, with a focus on educating underprivileged youth and the parish was established at the Notre Dame de France in 1865.  Timur has a personal connection to the Marist Brothers as his Grandfather and Great Uncle studied at the Marist College in Tianjin (formerly Tientsin), China.


The parish has a fascinating history with artists often being invited to create work for the church over the last century. Most famously, Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963) came to London to paint a mural in Our Lady’s Chapel in 1959. 

Jean Cocteau copy

Jean Cocteau was so famous that a screen was erected to hold back the public and press while he painted the murals.


Timur D’Vatz working on the painting ‘The Flight into Egypt’ at his studio in Normandy.

You can read more about the artists who have worked in the Notre Dame de France here: Art in Church

NDF Work in progress2 (1)

'Flight Into Egypt', 400cmx300cm, oil on canvas

Timur’s painting titled ‘The Flight into Egypt’ depicts the Holy Family fleeing from Herod, representing the start of a journey both physical and spiritual.

The painting received an official blessing from the Head of the Roman Catholic Church in England Archbishop of Westminster, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.



NDF Unveiling



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