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Richard Cole
Fleeting Moment: Figure, Animal, Land

54"x 84" Video
Shifting Sight Exhibition Catalogue


Richard Cole
Please join us for the Artist Reception on
Saturday, March 4, 2017

2 - 5 pm


Exhibition runs Wed March 1 – Tues March 14

Artist's reception Saturday March 4, 2-5pm


Fleeting Moment: Figure, Animal, Land

In this new series of work my goal was to break rules that I have set up for myself over the years. I wanted to think about how to paint time. I wanted to paint fleeting moments,so I set myself up for a challenge. Can I paint a figure dancing? Can I paint a sun beam through a forest wall? I wanted to break self inflicted rules and see what happens.

What I discovered was a harmony between my approach to the landscape and those that inhabit it. To paint a figure in action within a landscape painting is not only natural, but it also creates a narrative within the painting. To paint a deer on an open plain gives the viewer a introduction to a story, a story with weather.

In this series I also use light to direct the viewer's gaze. This is perhaps an old tool — painters have been using the illusion of light in the picture since the Renaissance — but it's an important tool. By painting the light on the fur of a wolf, I draw the viewer to the wolf, following where the light falls. It's the same with the snow on a mountain peak or in the white of an ocean wave — the light keeps the viewer in the painting.

These paintings are all connected. Are they sharing a time of day? A season over western Canada? Something joins them together. I hope it's time. I hope it's that fleeting moment where we see the scene, and we suddenly feel the change that is already coming.



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WOLVES 17003 SHOWPIECE
RIC659
oil, canvas
36" x 80"
17003
$ 6850

RIVER 17015 SHOWPIECE
RIC656
oil, canvas
30" x 30"
17015
$ 2775

HARE 17017 SHOWPIECE
RIC655
oil, canvas
36" x 24"
17017
$ 2775

FOOTHILLS 17018 SHOWPIECE
RIC654
oil, canvas
36" x 24"
17018
$ 2775

WILD FLOWERS 17008 SHOWPIECE
RIC653
oil, canvas
42" x 42"
17008
$ 4125

STORM CLEARING 17022 SHOWPIECE
RIC652
oil, canvas
30" x 30"
17022
$ 2775

FOX 17013 SHOWPIECE
RIC651
oil, canvas
30" x 54"
17013
$ 4425

BIG SKY II 17023 SHOWPIECE
RIC648
oil, canvas
42" x 42"
17023
$ 4125

BOY 17007 SHOWPIECE
RIC644
oil, canvas
42" x 33"
17007
$ 3775

DOGWOOD 17014 SHOWPIECE
RIC642
oil, canvas
30" x 30"
17014
$ 2775

WEST COAST 17011 SHOWPIECE
RIC641
oil, canvas
36" x 24"
17011
$ 2775

DANCE 17009 SHOWPIECE
RIC640
oil, canvas
40" x 40"
17009
$ 3925

WEST COAST 2 17012 SHOWPIECE
RIC639
oil, canvas
36" x 24"
17012
$ 2775

ALL ARTWORK IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE


Richard Cole

Painter Richard Cole was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1968.  For over a decade he has been making his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Richard studied oil painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  Upon graduating in 1991, he made a decision to concentrate his practice in the realm of figurative realism.  It was a vacation along the Oregon coast that turned Richard into what is decidedly a Northwest Coast landscape painter.  Living in Vancouver, with its proximity to North shore forests and the world famous Pacific Rim National Park, Richard is never at a loss for subject matter.  His paintings of these verdant cedar forests and wild coastal shores demonstrate his talent with the brush.  His paintings are drenched with an atmosphere that is rendered through the delicate use of colour and light.  His use of perspective commands the viewer to see what it is about the scene that caught his eye in the first place.

Recently Richard has begun to develop a body of work focused on the Canadian Prairie.  His treatment of the meeting of sky and land is recognizably his own.  Softness of palate meets vastness of sky with the resultant tension manifesting as thick atmosphere.  It is almost as if we, along with the painter, are waiting for the Prairie storm to break.

Richard is represented by a number of international galleries and has been successfully showing this work for a number of years

Collections
TD Bank, Vancouver, BC


Education
1987 - 1991 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Visual Arts Diploma major in painting


Exhibitions
2017 fleeting moment: figure, land, animal, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 p r a i r i e, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2015 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 release of children's book The Girl Who Writes, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 Dynamic Demo Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 New Work and release of children's book The Boy Who Paints, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 New Work, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2010 Dynamic Demo Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2009 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 SUNSHINE 80, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Solo Exhibition Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Painting Demonstration, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland
2005 Of Prairie, Sea and Sky, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Lambert Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, NY
2004 Lambert Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland
2004 Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove, BC
2003 Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 Roche Bobois, Vancouver, BC
2003 Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster, BC
2003 Whistler Art Gallery, Whistler, BC
2002 Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2002 Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster, BC
2001 Bruce, Vancouver, BC
1997 Browser, Artropolis, Vancouver, BC
1996 Wolf and Wolf Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1996 Painted Arrow Gallery, Jasper, AB
1996 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, AB
1996 The Auburn, Calgary, AB
1995 Myxdmedia Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995 The Seoul Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995 Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995 Paul Khun Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995 Provenance Gallery, Calgary, AB
1993 Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
1992 City of Calgary Mayor’s Office, Calgary, AB
1992 Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
1991 Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB
1990 Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB

Publications
2005 Galleries West

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