Museum technician and self-taught painter Odile Richer perfected her approach at the Saidye Bronfman School in Montreal and at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. The artist uses portraiture to recreate the sensual refinement of the subjects that surround her: fabrics, jewelry, and antique objects. The uniqueness of the subjects she depicts and her treatment of natural light evoke the work of the 17th century Flemish painters.
Photography serves as the starting point for the compositions that become her subjects. Her work expresses the beauty that emanates from a moment captured and immortalized in painting: the light — frozen yet ever-changing — that shines without shining and the radiance that draws in the observer and leads them to reverie. It is in this manner that she conveys, for example, the delicateness, sensuality, and softness of a scarf, rather than the scarf itself. This strong and versatile approach allows Odile Richer to create pieces that are at once classic and resolutely contemporary.
Painting is essentially a pretext for rendering the sparkle of a jewel, the texture of a lock of hair, the light’s reflection on the folds of a fabric, the transparency of a veil… It is also a sensory experience...