September
26
SEARCH

Events

Ongoing

Calls for Submission

Raynald Leclerc @ Koyman Galleries

The opening of the exhibition entitled ‘RAYNALD LECLERC - Charlevoix to Provence- Celebrating 25 years with Koyman Galleries’ at Koyman Galleries. The exhibition opens April 28th and closes May 21st

ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT
Date and Time:
Saturday, April 28th 1 – 5pm

Location:
Koyman Galleries
1771 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3V4

Raynald Leclerc
Biography
THIS SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST WAS BORN DECEMBER 12, 1961 IN SAINT MICHEL DE BELLECHASSE, ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF QUEBEC. RAYNALD LECLERC LIVED his CHILDHOOD IN A COLOURFUL ENVIRONMENT SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES. HE FIRST STUDIED ARCHITECTURE AT LEVIS-LAUZON CEGEP AND WORKED FOR A TIME AS AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER. IT WAS ALSO DURING THIS TIME THAT HE DISCOVERED HIS NATURAL TALENT FOR PAINTING.
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CLARENCE GAGNON AND THE GROUP OF SEVEN, HE FIRST FOUND INSPIRATION IN THE CANADIAN LANDSCAPE AND THE CHARLEVOIX REGION OF QUEBEC IN PARTICULAR. HIS SUBJECT MATTER IS NATURE, PURE AND SIMPLE, A NATURE HE LOVES INTENSELY.
LIKE A HUNTER, LECLERC STALKS THE BEAUTY OF THE LANDSCAPE THAT SURROUNDS QUEBEC CITY. HIS PRELIMINARY WORK IS DONE ON-SITE WHERE HE SKETCHES THE OUTLINES OF A SCENE AND TAKES PHOTOGRAPHS, LATER HE FINISHES THE WORK IN HIS STUDIO AND HIS SENSIBILITIES TAKE OVER. LECLERC PAINTS WITH A RARE SKILL, PROVIDING US WITH IMAGES THAT ARE FILLED WITH WONDER AND THAT WAKEN OUR LONGING FOR A NOSTALGIC RURAL PARADISE.
AS AN ARTIST, LECLERC HAS BEEN PROFOUNDLY INFLUENCED BY GROWING UP NEXT TO THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER AND THE WAY THAT LIGHT MOVES IN A THOUSAND WAYS WITH THE RIVER, AND THE IMMENSITY OF SPACE THE RIVER ENGENDERS. HIS SPATULA WORK ON OILS REFLECTS AN INSTANT ABILITY TO CAPTURE LIGHT AND AN ACUTE SENSE OF OBSERVATION. HIS STYLE IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED. HE HANDLES THE PAINTING KNIFE WITH GREAT DEXTERITY. USING OIL AND PAINTING KNIFE, RAYNALD CAPTURES THE LIGHT AND SHADOW OF GARDENS AS WELL AS WIDER VISTAS SUCH AS URBAN SCENES, PORTS AND THE ROLLING HILLS OF THE LAURENTIANS.
SINCE 1982, HE HAS EARNED HIS LIVING THROUGH THE SALE OF HIS PAINTINGS AND HAS TRAVELLED CONTINUALLY THROUGHOUT DIFFERENT AREAS OF QUEBEC.

A 25 YEAR CELEBRATION OF HIS WORK AND CAREER WITH KOYMAN GALLERIES THESE ARE PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY THE QUEBEC LANDSCAPE WHERE HE LIVES AND HIS TRAVELS TO FRANCE.

About Koyman Galleries:

Koyman Galleries established in 1965 represents over 150 Canadian artists. The gallery is the largest in Canada with over 13,000 square feet of space.

 

Share on Facebook

Share on TwitterTweet on Twitter!