Joseph-Richard VEILLEUX R.C.A.
Within the works of Joseph-Richard Veilleux, R.C.A., we find the mystical characters of the artist occupying the space of the painting, what he considers to be “spaces of freedom”. These “going-elsewhere” beings in cosmic navigation transport us again in an utopian imagination, a poetic reverie, a rapture in transit. In his compositions, phantasmagorical stagings are tinted by a childlike candor and resonate on the canvas like aphorisms.
Veilleux captures the vibrations of the surrounding world, through color and drawing, and exploits in his most recent works a more daring chromatic range. His treatment of matter is a run-off of paint and we find in his paintings evocations of archetypal elements of nature, such as the blue of the sky and the sea, plant elements and even visible limits of landscapes.
Each work is an invitation to live a “trans-dimensional” experience as well as to examine the artist’s dreams. For more than 30 years, Veilleux has been probing his moods with insight, thanks to his artistic practice, allowing him to immerse himself in a quest with spiritual allure. For him, art is without borders: “spaces of freedom and raptures in transit”. It allows us to have a penetrating and sensitive look at the world around us and thus offers us a pictorial spectacle; boundless bursts of passion.
“I try to break into the dimensions of the visible and the invisible in the hopes that the viewer also connects to these spaces of freedom and that he lives unknown emotions and does not merely decipher my intentions.” J-R.V.
Joseph-Richard Veilleux, R.C.A., was born in 1948, in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Québec. Studying Greek History and Roman Art, as well as drawing and color, he perfected his training in painting during an internship at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris, in 1970. Six years later, he earned a M.A. in experimental psychology, specializing in experimental aesthetics, from the Université Laval in Québec City. Actively exhibiting his work for over 40 years, his artworks can be found in several public and private collections throughout Québec, Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2012, Joseph-Richard Veilleux received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. By 2015, he was elected President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Canada’s first Quebecer to gain this title since 1880.
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