FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE ARTIST IN EXHIBITION
LANDSCAPES AND MEMORIES
(Vancouver, B.C.) On Friday, May 12, 2006, Diskin Galleries is excited to be presenting an exhibition of Richard Brodeur’s paintings. Richard, equally comfortable in oil, acrylic and watercolour, captures Canadian landscapes: the fishing villages in the Queen Charlotte Islands, the lakes and orchards of the Okanagan, childhood memories of Quebec and the ports and coves of Nova Scotia. Armed with a sketch book and his visual memory, he documents these inspirations to later paint them in his studio in Lynn Valley.
Richard Brodeur was born in Longeuil, a suburb of Montreal with an artistic soul. Later, in high school, he studied art, but also discovered another passion, hockey. Recruited into the NHL, the next 16 years of his life took him from coast to coast, eventually playing 8 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. Here, Richard was so revered as goalie, that he lovingly acquired the title of King Richard by his many fans. In 1987, he retired from hockey. Seeking a new future that challenged him spiritually as intensely as professional sports, he entered the world of corporate and hotel management…….but as quickly as he mastered these new careers, he got bored.
Richard returned to his first love, painting. In his art, he found constant growth and challenge……manifesting on canvas his visual inspirations. He discovered that he could constantly push himself further with each piece, but also know when to stop. “When I am painting, I instinctively know when it’s time to get up and walk around to return with a fresh perspective……this happens every 5 or so minutes.” Richard works from sketches. He finds this process exciting and alive……the colors, he retains in his memory. Currently, he has 30 paintings stored in his imagination waiting to be born on canvas. Exhibiting is the final part of his artistic process. “It is tough to put my work up in front of people. They may like it or they may not……but it is my heart and soul that I hang on the wall.”
Richard resides with his partner, Arlene, in Lynn Valley. He has 2 children, Genevieve, 29, living in Halifax, and Daniel, 27, in Parksville. And then, there is the love of his life, his 3 year old granddaughter, Daphne, in Parksville.
We invite you to join Richard at an opening reception on Friday, May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Diskin Galleries, 88 W. Pender Street in Vancouver. The exhibition will run from May 12 – July 12, 2006. For additional information, please contact Karen Green at 604-724-4667 or via email at Karen@diskingalleries.com. Richards’s painting are also on view and for sale at www.diskingalleries.com.