Monday, August 23, 2010

Paul Rupert Makes Magic with his Palette Knife


Paul Rupert is a Canadian artist and an elected member of the Canadian Society of Artists. He was born in Ottawa in 1946 and grew up and studied fine art in Montreal. The artist's earliest works were done mainly in charcoal and in ink. However, Paul was into his early teens when he became aware of the dramatic effects which could be achieved by using a palette knife and oil paints. It was not long before the artist realized that he had found a form of expression ideally suited for his personality and talent. Over the years the artist's ability to express himself through this medium have earned Paul Rupert recognition as one of North America’s foremost painters of natural realism and a master of the palette knife. The artist is noted for his oil painting techniques, use of light and reflections and his incredible attention to detail and his ability to capture the mood and feeling of a subject leaves him with few rivals in the art world.
Paul obtained his formal art training at the School of Art and Design of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where he studied under the late Arthur Lismer ( Group of Seven ) and at Montreal's Concordia University.
Today, original oil paintings by Paul Rupert are much sought after by galleries, private and corporate collectors around the world. His limited editions are sold by many galleries world wide and his paintings and prints can be found in such noted collections as: The Royal Bank of Canada Collection - IT&T - Mitsui Canada and Japan - The Bank of Montreal - Kraft General Foods - The Claridge Collection - Canadian Airlines - The Government of Alberta - The Government of Ontario - Canada House and Ontario House in London England - The National Gallery - Corby's Distilleries - The International Bankers Club in Hong Kong - The Canadian Embassy Collection in Washington - Molson Breweries - Bombardier - The Montreal Stock Exchange, and many others.

The unique palette knife oil paintings of artist Paul Rupert are simply beyond description. The crisp realism style and intimate feelings portrayed by this incredible artist combine to create subjects in oil displaying this artist's ability to handle a diverse range of subjects. The artist has painted children including his own, in landscape and seascape scenes and has been commissioned by numerous corporations wishing to acquire his magical street scenes. His recent golf landscapes have received much acclaim across North America - whether it’s the mist hanging over the pines behind a green or the mirrored look of a water hazard, the artist’s ability painting light and painting reflections captures the feelings of golf’s most picturesque moments and is completely unsurpassed.
Paul was selected to capture some of The Royal Montreal Golf Club’s famous golf holes for the last two RCGA Canadian Opens held there. His limited edition golf prints have been quick sellouts and recent portraits of LPGA touring pros and some PGA teaching pros, have met with much acclaim. Because of Paul’s amazing ability to capture the character and feeling and natural beauty of the many courses he has painted, Paul Rupert has been commissioned to paint for many of North America’s best known and most beautiful golf courses including, The Shaughnessy Golf Club in Vancouver, Nicklaus North, The Chateau Whistler and The Whistler Golf Club, The Country Club at Brookline - site of the last U.S. Ryder Cup and the new Challenger golf course built by Bombardier in Montreal. The artist was also selected by the ‘Vancouver Arts Umbrella Group’ as their 'artist on the green' in support of the arts throughout British Columbia and the artist's portrait work has received much acclaim in recent years.
Montreal artist Paul Rupert has had numerous 'One Man' shows - all of which have been virtual sellouts and his originals when available, can be found in galleries in the United States and Canada.
"The selection of subjects to paint varies with my mood. In recent years I have incorporated more figures into my work and have found tremendous satisfaction in working studies of my children into landscape and marine settings. Lighting, atmosphere, water and reflection, an interesting composition, all attract me to a particular subject and are key elements in my paintings. Even sounds and smells create a desire to capture certain subjects on canvas. I feel my approach to painting is an emotional rather than a philosophical one.
I begin an oil painting with a final detailed drawing in pencil directly on canvas. This finished sketch is usually the product of a number of other sketches or even a smaller painting of the subject. By the time I have completed the final on-canvas drawing, I have also mentally worked through the application of paint to the canvas and know pretty well the direction I want the final painting to take. Some fine tuning of the canvas drawing is done with the knife as the paint is applied. The mood or atmosphere and highlighted areas have been worked out with the colors and their values during the drawing stages. Often I find myself completing a large area of the canvas with the sole purpose of highlighting another relatively small area of that canvas. These highlighted areas - a tiny spot of light burning through the leaves in a woods, or merely a small puddle on a forest path, are often the stimulus for the entire canvas.
The knife, for me, is the perfect tool in the execution of my oils on canvas. It allows the application of pure color and gives clean definition to a high contrast subject and I find it more spontaneous than a brush. The palette knife can be used merely to stain or scrape the canvas when working out a subject of muted tones - such as a mist shrouded city skyline or a fogbound fishing trawler. I find that with having worked with a knife for over twenty five years, it has become an extension of my right hand. The composition of my painting is constantly being fine-tuned from the initial sketching through the finished oil. The balancing of my composition is of tremendous importance to me. A good balance in composition results in a painting that is both relaxing and yet stimulating to look at. I strive for a finished work that is easy to view while provoking feelings of intimacy and calm."... Paul Rupert.

To visit Paul's website to learn more about his work and style, please click here.

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