I am in my work occupied with visions and images that emanate from the heart and the mind. It is by a peculiar compulsion that I am driven to bring these to life in a visual form. This is a force of memory that I understand but little and is dependent on a craft collectively rooted in the mysterious tradition of painting whose secret and sacred tenets I am constantly in the process of reaffirming.
What I do not see dimly but clearly is that unless the painter continues to grow as a draughtsman, as a designer and as a colorist, the hands that fashion form fail to nurse it to life. The tragedy for the artist is when poorly disciplined hands hold lifeless, the dreams of the heart and the mind.
I love the physical process of applying paint to canvas. The spontaneous application of color and line to the prepared surface gives me a real sense of freedom and energy that connects the external world with my private interior space. I appreciate the dialogue that takes place between the painter and the work in progress. Each painting has its own demands, which evolves and reveals themselves thru the process of painting.
The process almost always begins with a line, or many lines, that I draw in a quick succession to overcome the blank canvas before it intimidates me. Then, I like to hang shapes and colors and textures among the lines. Sometimes they tell a story or illustrate an emotion, but not always. Often I add objects to the surface of my work, creating a collage out of patterns and paint, line and texture. When I work with a live model I start with a line drawing that is fairly representational but then work it into an abstraction of the mood or motion of the model.
For me, abstract art, like life, is always accessible and inaccessible at the same time. Both tangible and mysterious, abstract art contains the elements of surprise and spirituality.
Richard Des Jardins
Richard Des Jardins studied Fine Arts at Quebec University and Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Quebec, Canada. In the past fifteen years he has honed his skills and has expressed his vision in many art exhibitions. His work has evolved through exploration of layering mixed media that included paper, ink, pencil, acrylic paint, wood and silver and gold leaf. The bonding of these layers with medium has often rendered a reflective surface where light is caught in the various textures creating depth and a sense of space. His current body of work combines hand-made papers with acrylics creating spatial landscapes that draw the viewer into dream-like worlds.
Phoenix Gallery Project Space
I interpret my many personal experiences, travels, joys and wonders and communicate my stories in my work. It takes time to digest, discover, cultivate, and interpret the world in your own language…it takes a lifetime.
Having lived many experiences, I am now fixated in the inspiring marriage of clay and fiber. My work is my attempt to share my passions. I am spellbound by the raku firing process, its surprises, and earthiness. I am energized and challenged to merge my two passions and achieve their harmonious relationship to one another. I feel as though I’ve opened an ancient door to my soul and have found my balance with the earth.