Joseph Richard Veilleux

Melting Down B.C. Blues, 2005, Joseph-Richard Veilleux, acrylic and crayon on canvas, 18" x 24", 2007.11.01, gift of the artist

Joseph Richard Veilleux

Born: 1948 Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Québec

Joseph-Richard Veilleux creates topographical fragments inspired by the world around him, his memory, and his inner self. His approach is intuitive, meditative, rational, or a blend of all three. Veilleux`s artwork includes both oil and acrylic pictorial works, travel logs, and artist notebooks. His personal treasures allow us to access his mind and soul and to peek into his private world. Although his use of architectural forms has a structural significance, it also serves as a color palette: subtle, sometimes soft, and other times bold. The materiality of the objects conveys a reality that is most profound to the artist`s imagination; his world or reverie becoming almost Freudian.

In addition to being fascinated by the notions of elsewhere and nowhere, Joseph-Richard Veilleux is also interested in the juxtaposition of instinct and divinity. An artist on a constant quest to find “impressions”, he explores the visible boundaries of landscapes. Drawing from real life events, his work attempts to capture elusive moments and create an emotional connection between the viewer and the artist’s state of mind at the moment of inspiration. This intention is also demonstrated through form and organic composition; mechanical and vibrant dashes of colour are harmoniously projected onto solid forms, reminiscent of the imprint reality has on the imagination.

Transitioning from one state to another, from the visible to the invisible, the work of Veilleux reveals that he is conscious of that which is invisible to the naked eye; he unlocks the door to the obscure universe and urges receptive observers and audiences to enter. He explains: “Losing my breath while I paint is sublime! Do not breathe, do not be in the present, be reclusive, and be timeless.”

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 colour, 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 an M.A. in experimental psychology, specializing in experimental aesthetics, from the Université Laval, in Québec City. Actively exhibiting his work for over 30 40 years, his work is held in several public and private collections throughout Québec, Canada, the United States, and. By 2015, he was elected President of the Royal Academy of Arts the Canada first Québecer in this title since 1880.

Source: Galerie Bernard