Richard Cloutier proposes abstract architectures, plans and maps, constructed by countless iterations, which infuse them with a palpable affectivity. With the expressive features of painting, the architectural plan is diverted from its function. This character is made as the artist intervenes; his evocative titles imbue his works with unforeseen sensitivity. Thanks to his experience as an architect, giving him his unique intuition of pictorial space, Cloutier designs amazing spatial configurations. Some organized plans mingle with a more spontaneous painting treatment. A profound poetic dimension, specific to the artist, is played out in secret in these universes mixing a mathematical spirit and a gestural expressiveness of matter.
Richard Cloutier, born in 1964 in Québec, has at first completed a bachelor in architecture at Université Laval. He pursues his studies and obtains a second bachelor in fine arts and a Master in the same domain in 2006. He has been one of the co-founders of the Ateliers 3 Cinquième, a group of over fifteen artists. His works are part of numerous private collections and has been exhibited in Canada (Québec, Montréal and Toronto) as well as in the United Stated. In 2008 and 2009, Loto-Québec added to its collection three artworks from the series Charlevoix and Les nouveaux vestiges. His artworks are also part of the collections of the cities of Longueil and Quebec, as well as of the MACBSP. In 2019, he participated at the 37th edition of the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, whose theme was “Art, Architecture, Landscape, Environment”, under the artistic direction of Sylvie Lacerte.
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