By Veronica Scott
As in the renaissance tradition of art, Richard Gibson’s talents include painting, drawing, and sculpting.
An exhibition of his work will be held at Imagine That Artisans’ Designs in down town Duncan during the month of April. Richard promises visitors an educational aspect to the display and perhaps a surprise or two.
Richard’s fascination with art started at an early age in Deep River, Ontario. After completing studies at the Ontario College of Art, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta. As chief sculptor, for the Alberta Provincial Museum, he created life-sized figures for the Human History Gallery and monuments for the RCMP Centennial in Fort MacLeod.
Following a move to Vancouver Island, Richard was contracted by the Royal BC Museum to create sea life replicas. In Duncan, his fibre glass casting work can be seen in the eight-foot Quench Centennial Drinking Fountain in the town square.
Richard has exhibited widely throughout Vancouver Island. He is a long-time member of the West Coast Sculpture Association, where he creates, mentors, and instructs. Last September, he received the People’s Choice Award at ‘Splashes’ an annual stone sculpting competition held at Macaulay Point Park in Esquimalt.
In addition to being a talented sculptor, Richard enjoys drawing and painting. He is an active member of a local ‘life drawing’ group and also enjoys plein air (outdoor) painting. His goal is to “try to capture and enhance the wonderment of nature. I would like people to visually appreciate the world around us,” he says.
Richard will be rotate his exhibition at Imagine That regularly to generate interest. Be sure to drop by. He would love to talk to you.