Artist of the moment…..Paul Beliveau

The artist was born in Quebec City, Canada in 1954.

A brief clip from a gallery show.

This is a great clip!  A time lapse of the artist creating one of his paintings of book covers. Its great to see the process. The paintings start with a compilation of a variety of shapes of rectangles. He works generally on one book at a time using masking tape to help acheive very sharp edges between the books.

Since I spend so much time reading in the summer, lets also take a look at artist who paint book covers. This is my favorite type of pop art. Games that many people played as children that required no batteries like Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Scrabble. The artist is able to make up their own book or board game  ideas and book and board game cover design. They can take an idea and fully experiment with it.  For board game artists my check out the work of Tim Liddy. He makes up many of the games he paints, but they are very lifelike and convince the viewer that they really did exist. He even paints the tape that we use to keep the old board games and boxes together.

Beliveau paints mainly with acrylics on canvas. For some portraits, like those of other artists, he uses oils on board.

Attended college at Laval University in Quebec finishing school in 1977.
Mediums used:  Beliveau uses many mediums and is an accomplished draughtsman, painter, and an engrave.

Member of the Royal Academy of Art in London, England.

Has had more than fifty one man shows.

In addition to his books he has also done paintings in oils of famous artists such as Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.

On line and land based galleries:   Gallerie de Bellefeuille in Monteal, Canada.   http://www.debellefeuille.com/beliveau-paul-2/

Arden Gallery of Boston, Masssachusetts. http://www.ardengallery.com/gallery-artists/paul-b%C3%A9liveau/

Try a painting in this genre. Think of your favorite artist(s) and design your own bookcover. An idea might be to take a landscape painting book that has helped you to improve your skill. Perhaps the book by artist Frank Serrano. Paint the book on the bottom of the page, in the background go ahead and paint the landscape. Its a great way to combine art history and contemporary art.

A link to the artist’s own personal website:  http://www.paulbeliveau.com/index.php?page=pgEst

If you have a moment take some time to peruse the drawings done by the artist. I couldn’t find them on gallery pages but a wonderful collections exists on his website.

I enjoy this artist for his high level of skill, but also his wonderful composition skills. I have never been so intrigued to go to the library and see if I can find a future painting on the shelves!

The artist is also great at typography. He knows how to use a variety of curves in his letters to make them appeal to the viewer.
Create a masterpiece today!

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