Rémi Clark - Charming sweetness of life
His date and place of birth
Rémi Clark was born in 1944 in Quebec City.
His education, his career
Rémi Clark first studied applied sciences at the Institute of Technology. There he learned, among other things, foundry and model making. He acquired a good knowledge of drawing and geometry, which explains the surprising quality of his line. Later he studied drawing and painting with renowned painters. He has been painting since 1970.
After completing his studies, Rémi Clark began a career in large communications companies. Bell Canada hired him as a technical assistant in network design. The man is a perfectionist: For ten years, he paints and draws without ever exhibiting. It was in 1981 that he decided to paint full time. His career really took off with his participation in the Baie-Saint-Paul symposium in 1982. Four years later, a grant from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs allowed him to undertake a study trip to France. In 1991, he won first prize in an international competition in Haute-Savoie, where he represented Canada.
His work, his art
Strongly inspired by Charlevoix, this magnificent county that the artist knows so well having lived there for more than 20 years, Rémi Clark paints, through a multitude of subjects dedicated to the happiness of family life, scenes of daily life where balance is the greatest value. This simplicity, which goes as far as sobriety, is reflected in the light of his paintings. From his paintings emanates an impression of holiday, the time to lie down in the grass, to walk on the water's edge, the time to do nothing but let oneself live. Even the rain that sings and urges the cyclists to return is a pretext for bursts of laughter...
Rémi Clark's works can be seen, and rightly so, as little plays. They are in fact a faithful animated mirror of a beautiful day, inhabited canvases, simple and full at the same time, imbued with a Charlevoix typicity that is very much the artist's own. These picnickers, this picker, these lovers, this gardener, this shepherd content us with their story, a story that the painter narrates with finesse and suavity. This incessant search for a story to tell allows Rémi Clark to repeat this process for each place where the life of the inhabitants always transpires, whether it is in Old Quebec, in Charlevoix or, for the past few years, in Provence and Italy. His fertile imagination allows him to continually renew his work.
In Rémi Clark's work, the naughty side jealously preserved by the man has allowed the artist to create a happy marriage between technique and feelings. A painting by Rémi is recognizable by its own personality, by its style that is both lucid and candid.
Rémi Clark has been represented by the Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur since 1986, exclusively since 2000.