Artists work on Through the Eye of the Raven

Transforming buildings into works of art

White Rock native Richard Tetrault to be featured at artist speaker series

Larry Pruner

Black Press

Richard Tetrault is a very gifted artist, first and foremost.

Perhaps the biggest difference between him and many others is often the expansive size of his creative canvas.

Tetrault, 59, has spent a good portion of his life collaborating with others to paint large-scale mural projects on buildings – as a form of both beautifying the specified area and bringing together all types in that given community to share in the project.

“I’m not interested in the commercial aspect,” said the White Rock-born Tetrault, who’ll be the first featured artist at the Salon Speaker Series on Nov. 15 at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts at 7 p.m. “I have no desire to, say, paint a scenic mural at a restaurant. It has to be challenging and a little out of the box.”

Many, many of Tetrault’s projects have been much larger than your average box. For instance, two years ago he was the co-ordinator of five artists engaging in a project called ‘Through the Eye of the Raven,’ where they colourfully and tastefully decorated and refurbished the exterior of a six-story old hotel in east Vancouver.

In total, the mural covered a staggering 7,600 square feet.

A Semiahmoo Secondary grad who went on to popular art institutions in both Vancouver and New York, Tetrault returned earlier this week from another broader-scale group endeavour in Santiago, Cuba, where many hands took part in what was dubbed ‘Ideas of North’ featuring four Canadian La Raza artists and, amazingly, covering 1,500 square feet over a fleeting six-day period.

“(The murals) are a fairly long process of outreach… getting people from many different backgrounds involved, extracting ideas and facilitating artists,” explained Tetrault, who operates his own print maker/painter studio in Vancouver and also teaches artist workshops. “The drawings come from generally a real collage of the community.

“I try to orchestrate it so younger people get involved and (those) with limited or no artistic talent. Everybody has something to offer in that regard, I believe.

“A lot of it is learning as you go.”

Tetrault’s talent can also be viewed at several Vancouver-area public schools, often helping to mitigate graffiti and involving students and their parents to join in the broad-scale endeavour.

“(The work) varies from year to year,” Tetrault said.

“The reality is there’s a lot more interest in it usually because of the community aspect of it.”

Tetrault is among three renowned B.C. artists in the Salon Speaker Series and will speak and offer images of his work for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period.

• Tickets for Tetrault are $5 plus HST and can be purchased by calling 604-664-1636, or in person at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam).

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey MLA says she’s still in the dark about RCMP investigation

More than three months have passed since Jinny Sims resigned as minister of citizens’ service on Oct. 4

Late artist Li-Leger would be ‘thrilled’ to see exhibit of his work at Surrey gallery

Cora Li-Leger recalls some adventures she shared with husband Don, who died in 2019

One dead following pedestrian collision in South Surrey’s Campbell Heights

Incident occurred just after 7 a.m. on 24 Avenue near 188 Street

Closures planned for Pattullo Bridge to test early warning systems for earthquakes

TransLink recently installed early seismic warning, wind monitoring systems

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Youth hit with gun butt during fight at Lower Mainland mall

RCMP are investigating the fight between two groups of youths

Weather warning: 80 mm of rain expected overnight in Metro Vancouver

Environment Canada is urging caution when driving

Manitoba RCMP spent less than $800K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Canadian public health agencies ramping up preparations in response to new virus

Health officials have said there are no confirmed cases of the emerging coronavirus in Canada

‘Naughty boy’: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

The comedian has been suffering from a rare form of dementia

Most Read

l -->