The Juno Beach Centre was recently honoured to receive a donation by artist and painter, Richard Caplette, from Rigaud, Québec.
Accompanied by Mr. Fritz, Richard Caplette and his wife visited the museum to simultaneously share and rediscover 9 canvas paintings which the artist had not seen since 1994, the year they were exhibited in Courseulles after which time they were stored with local artist, Michel Girard.
Mr. Caplette explained: “Knowing the mission of the institution, it was a great pleasure to donate nine of my paintings to the Canadian museum on the D-Day beaches in Courseulles-sur-Mer, in homage to the women and Canadians soldiers who participated in the liberation of France. These works were important in my artistic development and my 50 years of art creation, and were featured in collective and solo exhibitions in Québec and in France in 1994.”
Inspired by Indigenous worldviews and Quebec local storytelling, the paintings measure approximately 140cm x 117cm each. They represent many ties between Courseulles-sur-Mer, the Juno Beach Centre and Canada, and relate to themes such as nature, local mythology and the planet. They will enrich the museum’s fonds and may be featured during cultural and educational activities in the coming years.
Thank you to Richard Caplette and to his friends from Courseulles-sur-Mer for facilitating this encounter.
Biography: Born in Montréal in 1951, Richard Caplette has lived and worked in Rigaud, Québec since 1979. He completed his studies at Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal and pursued a multidisciplinary artistic career while teaching fine arts at collège Bourget from 1977 to 2008. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Québec, Canada and Europe. Highly invested in his milieu, the artist has also initiated major cultural projects which have contributed to the integration of art within the public space.
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