Robert Amirault


Amirault, Robert


Winter in the Barnyard


oil on canvas


24 " x 36 "


Artist Statement/Biography

Artist Statement/Biography

"A self-taught artist, Bob paints in a representational style and has been painting or involved with art related activities since his teen years.

"Landscapes, seascapes, faces and figures are his favourite subjects and he continues to spend his time experimenting and studying the craft of painting fine art in an effort to reach an ever elusive goal.

"Bob continues to be fascinated by the effects of light on the subjects he chooses to paint. Though realistic in his painting style he seeks the beautiful abstract patterns that he finds in nature. The changing qualities of light and abstract patterns, combined with bold brush work make up Bob’s unique vision of the world.

"Many of Bob’s oil and watercolour paintings have been created on locations in various parts of rural Ontario, the Arctic, the Maritimes or other places on his travels outside of Canada. His larger paintings are created in his home studio working from his ‘Plein Air’ studies and reference materials gathered on his journeys.

"Bob has exhibited his paintings in many group showings in Toronto and London, Ontario, starting in the mid 1960s. For more than 30 years, he annually held successful, by-invitation-only exhibits in the Markham area. In 1984, he participated in a two-person show held in a restored castle in Stia, Italy, a small town outside of Florence.

"After being elected to membership in the prestigious and historic Ontario Society of Artists, Bob exhibited in many of the society's annual juried exhibitions. He was an active member of the OSA in the early 1980s, attaining the position of vice-president.

"In 1997, after his watercolour paintings were juried, he was invited to join the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colours. One of the many exhibitions he participated in was the International Watercolour Biennial, held in Mexico City in October, 2000. One of his paintings hangs with the society's Diploma Collection in the Art Gallery of Peel in Brampton, Ontario. He served on the executive committee for a number of years.

"In 2005, Bob joined with five well-known Canadian artists and established Plein Air Canada, an organization promoting painting out of doors…in the open air.

"Bob was one of 25 artists, in 2006, who traveled to Canada’s North West Passage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its discovery." (Courtesy of the artist, from his web site)

Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1938, Bob and his wife Mona reside in Welland, Ontario.