Welcome to the first edition of our Meet The Artist series: a monthly feature on our website giving you a little more information and perspective into the lives of our many talented artists! We hope you enjoy this first edition, and that you will look forward to future editions on the first Saturday of every month.
Today we would like to introduce you to one of Crescent Hill’s newer artists: Robert LeClerc
. His distinct style is a wonderful new addition to the collections available here at the gallery, so we hope that you enjoy his work as much as we do, and that you enjoy learning a little more about this very talented painter.
Give us a little history of you: where you came from and how you got where you are today:
22 years years ago I was the president of a company that employed 40 people, and one day I decided to leave it all behind to devote myself to my favourite pastime: painting.
I made this change for my inner well-being and the desire to find my true self. I seek to be pure and to infuse my work with this purity, aspiring to honesty I make a point of showing this aspect of myself in each of my spatula strokes: they are applied without compromise, with the image of what I am or what I aspire to be, foremost in the act of creation. Each painting is a torrent of emotions inspired by bringing peace, love, joy, and a spiritual aspect to the world.
Describe your technique:
I would call my technique multidimensional impressionist cubism. Viewed up close my work often seems abstract in style, and it is only when one steps back and views the paintings from a greater distance that the figurative elements become obvious. My design ideas come from photos that I take on my travels, as well as from my imagination and how I feel.
My style is very personal – you don’t need to read my signature to recognize one of my paintings. They are all created using the “Alla Prima” technique, meaning that there are no prior drafts of the design, which results in very unique work.
What other types of art and materials have you explored and what is your favourite medium?
In my past, I have explored pastels, acrylic, and watercolour, but my favourite medium is oil.
Do you have any interesting stories from creating your art or in your day to day life?
When I was starting out I could see my style in my mind, but I wasn’t able to put it on canvas. It took me more than a thousand paintings before I had the technical skill to do it. I’ve also been a vegetarian for the last 12 years, and haven’t had any alcohol in 35 years.
How do your studio and surroundings influence your work?
Everything around me is clean – I seek to be pure and to infuse this aspect of me into each of my spatula strokes. The only things that I keep in my studio for inspiration are my paintings, and I use only one spatula to paint.
What impresses you about other artists’ work and who impresses you today?
I am very impressed when an artist puts a lot of paint on his canvas without using modeling paste because the degree of difficulty is much higher for that style of work.
When you are not working and creating, what do you do? Do you have another job?
For many years now painting has been my full time job, but I enjoy relaxing, watching TV, social dancing, riding my bicycle, walking, and sometimes playing golf.
What differentiates you from other artists?
In my paintings you can find a symbiosis of the two ingredients that characterize me – my technique and my spontaneity make me unique. Anyone who has one of my paintings can be transported to another dimension where the enchantment of the creative artist reigns.