Richard Tetrault

Richard Tetrault

Jun 07, 2008 – Jun 28, 2008

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.

Artist Work
Falseworks #1 (diptych)
24 in x 36 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2400 CDN

Artist Work
Industrial City - Mapped Series (triptych)
45 in x 72 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$6500 CDN

Artist Work
Industrial Landscape - City Rises
30 in x 44 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3800 CDN

Artist Work
Industrial Landscape - Winter
30 in x 44 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3800 CDN

Artist Work
Ironworkers Bridge Screen (back)
79 in x 76 in
Sculpture

$9000 CDN

Artist Work
Ironworkers Bridge Screen (front)
79 in x 76 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$9000 CDN

Artist Work
Premonitions (triptych)
36 in x 50 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$4500 CDN

Artist Work
Red Arc #2
34 in x 70 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$5900 CDN

Artist Work
Reflections - Crows & Cranes
34 in x 24 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2000 CDN

Artist Work
Reflections - Red Arc III
36 in x 24 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2200 CDN

Artist Work
Reflections - Red Arc IV
36 in x 24 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$2200 CDN

Artist Work
Smoke, Steel, Sky
48 in x 74 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$7000 CDN

Artist Work
Trainyards At Night
22 in x 60 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3600 CDN

Artist Work
Transformations - Industrial City Series
40 in x 26 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3000 CDN

Artist Work
Waterfront Nightfall I
24 in x 60 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3800 CDN

Artist Work
Waterfront Nightfall II
24 in x 60 in
Painting, Drawing, and Prints

$3800 CDN


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