Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
RICHARD TETRAULT   

Richard Tetrault
Smoke, Steel, Sky
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June 10 - 28, 2008 - opening reception: Thur. June 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Richard Tetrault - Premonitions (triptych)
Premonitions (triptych)
36 x 50 Inches  
acrylic & pastel on panel
$4,500 

poetry from the book "Falseworks" by Gary Geddes



The Elliott Louis Gallery is proud to present Smoke, Steel, Sky, an exhibition featuring recent work by well-known artist Richard Tetrault.

Included in this series is an homage to the collapse of Vancouver's Second Narrows Bridge (Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing), which happened fifty years ago this June 17th. The works pay tribute to the labourers who lost their lives, and to their place in Vancouver's history. In a four-panel wood/metal freestanding screen, Tetrault fuses figures and structure, projecting both a melancholy sense of fate and a resilient determination where chance plays a critical role in the lives of workers. In another piece, in collaboration with award-winning poet Gary Geddes, Premonition fuses a first hand account of a worker's foreboding as the bridge collapses beneath him. At the opening, Geddes will read a selection from his book Falseworks.

Tetrault's work has always captured an essence of Vancouver that is either overlooked or taken for granted. His paintings and prints focus on emblematic images that range from towers of construction cranes to his signature urban crow. Sourced from the industrial waterfront, harbour and the inner city, this series ventures into new territory for the artist.

Paintings featured in Smoke, Steel, Sky reflect the artist's long-lasting fascination with icons of the urban landscape - bridges, freighters, towering structures and rail lines. Within this industrial aura is the suggestion of human presence, yet these pieces are predominantly devoid of human figures. Instead, Tetrault uses abstraction as a way to suggest a universal character of the contemporary city.




Richard Tetrault - Transformations - Industrial City Series
Transformations - Industrial City Series
40 x 26 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$3,000 



Richard Tetrault - Smoke, Steel, Sky
Smoke, Steel, Sky
48 x 74 Inches  
acrylic on canvas & metal
$7,000 



Richard Tetrault - Industrial City - Mapped Series (triptych)
Industrial City - Mapped Series (triptych)
45 x 72 Inches  
acrylic & sand & collage on canvas
$6,500 



Richard Tetrault - Falseworks #1 (diptych)
Falseworks #1 (diptych)
24 x 36 Inches  
acrylic & collage on panel
$2,400 

poetry from the book "Falseworks" by Gary Geddes



Richard Tetrault - Industrial Landscape - Winter
Industrial Landscape - Winter
30 x 44 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$3,800 



Richard Tetrault - Waterfront Nightfall I
Waterfront Nightfall I
24 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on panel
$3,800 



Richard Tetrault - Red Arc #2
Red Arc #2
34 x 70 Inches  
acrylic, oil & sand on canvas
$5,900 



Richard Tetrault - Ironworkers Bridge Screen (front)
Ironworkers Bridge Screen (front)
79 x 76 Inches  
acrylic on panel & steel
$9,000 

metal work by Arnt Arntzen



Richard Tetrault - Ironworkers Bridge Screen (back)
Ironworkers Bridge Screen (back)
79 x 76 Inches  
acrylic on panel & steel
$9,000 

metal work by Arnt Arntzen



Richard Tetrault - Waterfront Nightfall II
Waterfront Nightfall II
24 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on panel
$3,800 



Richard Tetrault - Trainyards At Night
Trainyards At Night
22 x 60 Inches  
acrylic on paper on panel
$3,600 



Richard Tetrault - Reflections - Red Arc IV
Reflections - Red Arc IV
36 x 24 Inches  
acrylic on panel
$2,200 



Richard Tetrault - Reflections - Red Arc III
Reflections - Red Arc III
36 x 24 Inches  
acrylic on panel
$2,200 



Richard Tetrault - Reflections - Crows & Cranes
Reflections - Crows & Cranes
34 x 24 Inches  
acrylic on panel
$2,000 



Richard Tetrault - Industrial Landscape - City Rises
Industrial Landscape - City Rises
30 x 44 Inches  
acrylic on paper
$3,800 

to see more work by Richard Tetrault click here.
to view Richard Tetrault's bio click here.
 

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