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Chard ChenierBiography: My art is often termed "cosmological" as it is inspired by the stars and galaxies. My paintings recreate the feeling of wonder and serenity I felt as a child beneath the prairie sky. Magnificient sunsets over the Red River, lightning storms, and mystical northern lights stimulated my artistic imagination and spiritual sensibilities as a child. As I've matured my inner world has evolved, I now appreciate that throughout human history people have looked to the stars for inspiration. My "inner spaces" are integrated into this vision through the cosmos of daily life. At an early age I was influenced by the work of the Masters - Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse and many others. Deeply moved by their legacy I tried to emulate them while remaining true to my personal vision. Over the years I evolved professionally and now exhibit paintings, drawings, works on paper, and limited edition prints internationally. My images decorate people’s homes from Paris to San Francisco. In the early 90's I juxtaposed figures with abstractions to emphasize human values. The late 90's have seen the creation of mandala abstractions to reflect my spiritual and ecological concerns. Now the 21st century is an incentive to create new contemporary artwork - inspired, as always, by Truth and Beauty: the foundation of what is best in us. Country: Canada Birthyear: 1947 Galleries: Since 1996 Chard has focused on his web site at www.chardart.com 1996 – Harrison Gallery, Montreal Trade Centre 1996 – Munro Museum, Washington, D.C. 1995 – Contemporary Realism Exhibition, PVM – Montreal, Quebec 1994 – Galerie d’art contemporains de Montréal 1993 – Galerie d’art contemporains de Montréal 1993 – Galerie Sodarco, Old Montreal 1992 – Galerie d’art contemporains de Montréal 1992 – Centre d’art Ozias Leduc : St-Hilaire, Quebec 1991 – Galerie d’art contemporains de Montréal 1991 – International Trade Show, Montreal Board of Trade 1990 – Shadma Art Gallery : Tel Aviv, Israel 1990 – Colmin Gallery, (Yorkville) Toronto, Ontario 1990 – Galerie St. Paul, Old Montreal 1989 – Creative Group Gallery: San Francisco, California 1989 – Céramique Bonsecours : Old Montreal 1989 – Conceptart: 9th Annual Exhibition – Outremont, Quebec 1988 – Gallery Christ Delaet: Antwerp, Belgium 1987 – Céramique Bonsecours : Old Montreal 1986 – Jillowen Gallery : Montreal, Quebec 1985 – L’Intrigant: Outremont, Quebec 1983 – Galerie La Magie de l’Art : Montreal, Quebec 1982– Kinsman-Robinson Galleries : Toronto, Ontario 1980 – Phoenix Theater : Montreal, Quebec 1979 – Galerie Lachasse : Toronto, Ontario 1978 – Evendim Gallery : Vancouver, British Columbia 1977 – Galerie Lebouquineur : Vancouver, British Columbia 1977 – IPI Gallery : Vancouver, British Columbia 1977 – Brackendale Art Gallery: Brackendale, British Columbia 1976 – Canvas Company : Vancouver, British Columbia 1976 – York Theater : Vancouver, British Columbia 1976 – Helen Pitt Gallery : Vancouver, British Columbia 1975 – SUB Gallery : UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia 1975 – Vancouver Art Gallery: Vancouver, British Columbia Performance Art with cosmological canvas exhibited as part of performance. 1974 – Queen Elizabeth Theater : Vancouver, British Columbia 1973 – SUB Gallery : UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia 1973 – Simon Fraser University: Burnaby, British Columbia Performance Art - multi-media performance. 1972 – Vancouver Art Gallery: Vancouver, British Columbia Performance Art. 1971 – SUB Gallery : UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia Awards: Awards 1976 – Canada Council Grant: Painting 1993 – First Prize : Grand-Prix International for “Leap of Faith” (Galerie Sodarco) Publications 1973 – “Faces” Intermedia Press - Vancouver, B.C. (drawings of faces) 1976 – “Peaceful Provisions” Phenix Press – Vancouver Island, B.C. Documentary 1979 – Titled “Chard” this is a 23 minute video broadcast quality aired by CBC in Montreal – produced and aired in Vancouver. Media: acrylic Style: abstract Subjects: light and color
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