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Réal Calder

Born in 1949, Réal Calder grew up in Normétal, a small mining town in northern Québec. He expressed artistic abilities even in grade school and was encouraged by his teachers to explore his talent. At 18, he decided to leave Normétal to study painting at the Montreal Fine Arts School and later acquired his MFA at the University of Quebec at Montréal.

Through his landscapes, Réal Calder constructs environments that are ground in contradiction and opposition. The image the artist illustrates is always in a suspended state between realism and abstraction. It evoke the uncertainty between admiration and anxiety that comes from the awareness of one's own presence in nature. His captivating scenes are strangely welcoming, inviting the viewer to enter and withdraw into the mysterious world Calder has created. This encounter can be both exhilarating and frightening at once, as one discovers a certain tension between amusement and threat.

In his physical application and manipulation of materials, Calder explores the relationship between artistic creation and the creative forces of Mother Nature, which can at times be productive and other times, destructive.

Calder does not include people in his landscapes. He wants to encourage the viewer to fully place themselves in his scenes and to feel immersed in the nature that surrounds them. Even within the simplicity of the landscape depicted, there seems to always be an underlying narrative that begins to emerge as the viewer uncovers its hidden secrets. He paints nature, not as a camera would capture it, but as your mind would reflect its experience of the power and beauty that nature continuously emanates.

For over 30 years, Réal Calder has taken part in group and solo exhibitions in Quebec, Ontario, France, Israel and the Netherlands. He is the recipient of several grants from the Council for the Arts and Arts and Humanities Council of Quebec. He is currently working as a professor of Visual Arts at the University of Quebec in the Outaouais.

À la dérive
Oil on Canvas
60" x 72"

Archipel XIX
Oil on Panel
30" x 40"

Archipel XXI
Oil on Canvas
70" x 90"

L'heure mauve sur le Mont-St-Hilaire
Oil on Canvas
48" x 72"

Sainte-Victoire no.22
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"

Sainte-Victoire no.24
Oil on Canvas
36" x 48"

Sainte-Victoire, l'heure mauve
Oil on Canvas
48" x 90"

Tempête sur Percé
Oil on Canvas
70" x 90"

Terre et mer V
Oil on Canvas
46" x 40"

Terre et mer XI
Oil on Canvas
36" x 48"

Écume de l'aurore
Oil on Canvas
24" x 20"

L'origine des nombres
Oil on Canvas
70" x 48"

Water Series #25
Dans le Courant III
Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
Dans l'œil de la tempête
Oil on canvas
92" X 86"
Water Series #9
Rapide blanc II
Oil on Canvas
58" x 48"
 

 

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Fire Series #15
Feu sur le Marais
Oil on Panel
20" x 24"

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November #1
Oil on canvas
40" X 46"
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November #2
Oil on canvas
60" X 72"
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Récif et remous III
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
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Water Series #27
Marais IX
Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
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Fire Series #7
Burning Field

Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
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Fire Series #11
Feu de Marais
Oil on Panel
30" x 24"
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Fire Series #12
Wreckage
Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
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Feu sur la rive #4
Oil on canvas
24" X 30"
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Dans l'œil de la tempête IV
Oil on canvas
56" X 128"
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Chute III
Oil on canvas
58" X 48"
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Water Series #2
Mother of Wind
Oil on Canvas
60" x 72"
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Water Series #3
Rising Tide
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Water Series #4
Éternel retour
Oil on Canvas
48" x 70"
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Water Series #13
The Rock
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Water Series #14
Over the Bridge
Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
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Water Series #15
Fallen I
Oil on Panel
30" x 24"
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Water Series #16
Blue Cliff II
Oil on Panel
30" x 24"
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Water Series #19
In the Eye of the Storm V
Oil on Panel
24" x 20"
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Water Series #20
Rising Storm
Oil on Panel
20" x 24"
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Fire Series #13
Flood and Fire I
Oil on Panel
24" x 36"
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Water Series #23
Flooded Heart
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Water Series #21
Undertow
Oil on Panel
16" x 20"
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Feu sur la Rivière VII
Oil on canvas
40" X 46"
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Feu sur le marais VI
Oil on canvas
48" X 58"
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Feu sur la Rivière V
Oil on canvas
40" X 46"
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Feu sur le Marais
Oil on board
24" X 30"
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Feu sur l'île
Oil on canvas
24" X 30"
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Dans le Courant I
Oil on board
24" X 30"
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Rapide
Oil on canvas
48" X 58"
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Chute
Oil on canvas
48" X 58"
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Water Series #1
Rapide IV
Oil on Canvas
60" x 72"
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Fire Series #6
Burning Landscape

Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
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Fire Series #3
Feu sur la Rivière II

Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Fire Series #2
Feu sur la Rivière I

Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Water Series #5
Écume de mai
Oil on Canvas
40" x 60"
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Terre Basse
Oil on canvas
60" X 72"
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Fire Series #5
In the Flame

Oil on Panel
24" x 30"
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Flooded Earth
Oil on canvas
92" X 86"
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Rising Wave
Oil on Canvas
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Récifs sur l'atlantique
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Marée de novembre III
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"
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Récif et remous
Oil on Canvas
58" x 48"
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Rising Wave II
Oil on Canvas
48" x 58"
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Marée de novembre II
Oil on Canvas
40" x 60"
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Dans l'oeil de la tempête II
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Paysage Carbonisé
Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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The End Of The Day
Oil on Canvas
24" x 20"
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Fire Series #14
Forêt embrasée
Oil on Panel
20" x 24"
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Mer de Chine
Oil on Canvas
48" x 36"
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Fire Series
Burning Island

Oil on Canvas
40" x 46"
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Water Series #8
Rapide blanc I
Oil on Canvas
58" x 48"
Sold

 

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