Canoe with Paddles
About the Artist
The son of artistic parents, Richard was born in Montreal in 1948. He studied sculpture at Sir George Williams University, Montreal from 1966 -1970. During 1969 he undertook a film "II Back Roads" which was chosen as one of the University's five entries in the annual Quebec Student Film Festival. Richard worked in animation and graphic studios in Montreal and Ottawa during 1969-1976. A move to Canmore, Alberta in the 1980's allowed Richard to become a founding member of the Canmore Artists and Artisans Guild where he was the gallery director in 1985 - 1986. During the 1980's and 1990's Richard painted the landscapes of western Alberta including the Rocky Mountains which resulted in Richard be awarded the 1999 Canmore Community Art Trust Commission. The fall of 1999 saw Richard return to a familiar medium: clay which he had studied 30 years prior in his sculpture studies at Sir George Williams University. He started to produce raku fired ceramic animal masks and in 2002 the Glenbow Museum chose three of Richards masks to be showcased in a conference room at the G-8 summit in Kananaskis Village, Alberta. The year 2005 saw Richard return to painting using palette knives in a very expressive style. Richard's last exhibition "Farewell to Canmore" with the Canmore Artists and Artisians Guild was held in 2006. The artist moved to Meacham, Saskatchewan just east of Saskatoon in August 2006 where he and his wife run a small gallery "Harvest Moon Gallery." Richard's works can be found in the public collection of the town of Canmore and many private collections throughout North America.
Comments on the Work
The McCreath Canoe Collection is honoured to have the winner of the 2012 Saskatchewan Handicraft Festival, Richard Lamartine's raku pottery work Canoe with Paddles. Raku pottery is a Japanese style of pottery characterised by the removal of a clay object from the kiln at the height of the firing and causing it to cool very rapidly. Raku firing is much quicker than normal kiln firing taking only 1-2 hours as compared to 24 hours for normal firing. Special raku glazes are used and 3-4 layers of glaze are applied and allowed to dry. Richard's piece is a simple work emulating a well used birchbark canoe and two paddles. The glaze on the blades is reminiscent of sunlight striking a wet paddle. Richard's pottery work "Canoe with Paddles" is a well deserved contemporary addition to the canoe collection.