Richard Bélanger was born in Mont-Louis in the Gaspe
Peninsula on August 20, 1950. Since childhood, he has been keenly
interested in drawing and was involved in reproducing everything around
him. His interest in drawing rapidly changed into a passionate endeavor
which left him little respite to the dismay of his teachers who
recommended he prepare for his future.
As an adolescent, he explored oil painting and dreamt
of becoming a cartoonist. He registered in the Famous Artist course,
a correspondance course, and later entered the Académie
des arts du Canada. It
was there that he experimented with several different techniques related
to commercial art and hence discovered his true passion: watercolor.
Richard Bélanger enriched his studies by participating
in workshops given by well-known american watercolor painters, notably,
Don Stone (A.W.S.) and Kevin Raines. In 1980, he received a
bursary from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. In 1991, he won
the first prize (Gold Medal of Honor) from the American
Watercolor Society, in 1993 the ‘’Garnet Award’’ from the
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. In 2008, he
won the ‘’Don Kingman Award’’ from the American Watercolor
Society and an ‘’Honorable Mention’’ from the Louisiana
Watercolor Society. In 2009 he was accepted in the Art Kudos
competition, Georgia, U.S.A.
Richard Bélanger is a figurative realist painter who
is associated with the New England school. He uses watercolor, egg
tempera, oils and acrylics as his principal mediums. A perfectionist,
he places great importance on the permanency of pigments.
The artist derives his inspiration from light. "It is
the light that, above all, inspires my subjects," he says. He enjoys
depicting slice-of-life scenes often with humor and contemporary subjects,
whether of the country or the city. His works evoke a story-a past or
Richard Bélanger has participated in many solo and
group exhibitions. His works have been acquired by private collectors and
corporations and can be found in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe.