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.
“The artist’s function is very clear: he must open a studio, and repair the world, in fragments, as it comes to him.” Francis Ponge (French writer, poet, born in Montpellier in 1899.)
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 the scholarship holder of the “Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture” and of the “Conseil de recherche du Canada” during the year of 2005-06. 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 2002, he has been invited to do an exhibition at the Loubens-Lauragais castle, near Toulouse in France. In 2008 and 2009, Loto-Québec added to its collection three artworks from the series Charlevoix and Les nouveaux vestiges. He also won the second prize of the 2013 edition of the Concours d’oeuvres d’art de la Ville de Québec.