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CURRICULUM

René received his BA in Fine Arts from L’École des Beaux-Arts de l’Université du Québec à Montréal.  He has also studied diverse techniques and mediums: sculpture, ceramics, theatre design, textiles and Sumi-E in various colleges and universities.  He has also been active in the fields of social work and research, more specifically in mental health and deafness.

His “abstract landscapes” in acrylic on canvas are all created from sketches and photographs of real landscapes.  Other obligations reduced his artistic production for many years but, as of a few years, he has been producing more intensely, mostly acrylic on canvas and woodblock prints.

In order to make woodblock prints, the image is reversed and reproduced on a block on wood that will be the printing surface.  The block is carved in low-relief leaving the raised surface of the image to be printed.  The block is inked and the image is transferred to rice paper.  The same block is used for all the colours and, with the successive carvings for each colour, may never be re-used.  Thus the number of copies produced is very limited (20-30), each being numbered (print number over total number of prints) and signed.

 

Education (Art)

1967-68

Art History, Windsor University

1970-71

Sculpture, Central Technical School, Toronto

 

Painting, Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute, Toronto

 

Theatre Set Design, Central Ontario Drama League. Toronto

1972-75

B.A. Fine Arts, Université du Québec B Montréal, Montréal

1975

Pottery, Grandes Piles, Québec

1976-77

Art History, Concordia University, Montréal

1977

Drawing, Live Model, St-Tite, Québec

1985

Sumi-e, Ottawa School of Art

 

Solo Exhibitions

1968

Drawings, Aldborough Public School, Rodney, ON

1975

Paintings, Salle Claude-Champagne, Montréal

1976

Paintings, Kirkland Lake, ON

1979

Drawings (Clouds) Galerie Hébert-Gaudreault, Trois-RiviPres, QC

1981

Woodblock Prints, Centre d’art du Mont Orford, Magog, QC

1986

Paintings, Greenfield Park Library, Montrreal, QC

2009

Paintings, The Chateau, Kirkland Lake, ON

2010

Paintings, La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa

 

Group Exhibitions

1974

Paintings, Canadian Artists, Galerie Margo Fischer-Richer, Montréal

1975

Paintings, La Grange des Piles, Grandes-Piles, QC

1976

Paintings, La Forteresse, Lac-à-la-tortue, QC

1978

Woodblock Prints, Festival du Vieux Moulin, Trois-Rivières, QC

 

Woodblock Prints, Festival des artisans, Grandes-Piles, QC

1979

Woodblock Prints, Festival du Vieux Moulin, Trois-Rivières, QC

1980

Hand sewn traditional clothing, Festival du Vieux Moulin, Trois-Rivières, QC

 

Paintings, Centre culturel de Shawinigan, Shawinigan, QC

 

Second Prize in the National Photography Contest by the Canadian Producers of Pulp and Paper Products

1981

Woodblock Prints, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

1982

Woodblock Prints, Faculty Club, University of New Brunswick

1989

Photography, Family Album, Arts Court, Ottawa, ON

2009

Toiles, The Chateau, Kirkland Lake ON

2010

Toiles, La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa, ON

2011

Toiles, La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa, ON

 

Theatre

1983

Set Design, Lighting and Visual Presentation
“La Messe québécoise” de Pierrick Houdy
Festival Mondial de Folklore de Drummondville
Drummondville. QC.

1981

Set Design and Dirrection
“Surprise! Surprise!” de Michel Tremblay
Le Printemps des arts
Shawinigan QC

1971

Set Design
“Entertaining Mr. Sloane” by Joe Orton
“The Browning Version” by Terrence Rattigan
“Black Comedy” by Peter Scheafer
The Society, Toronto, ON

1970-71

Set Design
“Le pain de ménage” de Jules Renard
“Quatre Pièces sur jardin” de Barillet et Grédy
“Tchao!” de M. G. Sauvageon
Les Trétaux de Paris, Toronto, ON


René Rivard
613-748-3057
info@renerivard.com

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