Art Statement
I am René
I am a high amateur
I prefer unfinished ideas
I'm an ELITE Populist
I have a consumptive orientation
I am a mock ironist quack
I love all the indifference
I'm an accidental artist
I am smart, but not too bright
I'm a paranoid existentialist little boy
I do 3D and 2D sketching, mostly
I'm just another loser artist
I make jokes about jokes
I am a group of one
I feel like an extinct animal
I like everything I make
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Rene Price
812 Kenyon Cres.,
Cornwall, Ont.,
K6H 6Z2   Canada
613-937-0702
rene.price@sympatico.ca

BACKGROUND:

1986 to today – IdeaGuy/Inventor, Quirky Mockartist, Scribbler, Rascal, Non-Smoking Cyber Luddite and Grand Amateur.


1975 to 1985 – Series of eight full size experimental vehicles – working or sculptural only.

1972 to today – some product and signage and graphic design, but mostly interior didactic Interior and exterior exhibition design for Parks Canada.

1968 to 1971 – Ontario College of Art – Took industrial design.

1949 to 1968 – Grew up metaphorically

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2012 - July - I Borrowed "Voice of Fire" - Blink Gallery - Ottawa

2011 – April – “Abstracars” – Ottawa School of Art, Shenkman Campus – Ottawa, Ontario.

2009 – May – “Lawnguard” – Off The Map Gallery – Toronto, Ontario.

2008 – October – “Suburbiart” – Pink Espace – Montreal, Quebec.

2006 – April – “Slice of Suburbia” at City of Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery.

2004 – Summer – “Why did the chicken cross the road?” – Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

2003 – October – “Lot Full” – Stride Gallery – Calgary, Alberta.

2003 – September – unveiled “Pyramid Acres” sculpture - self directed project – Cornwall, Ont.

1999 – October – “Suburbiart” – Main Access Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitiba.

1999 – March – “Crossart” – Member’s window show – A-Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1998 – November – Show #3 - “Bang Bang You’re Dead” (toy gun shop) - University of Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1998 – April – “Soldier/Sailer/Airman” – Mercury Lounge – Ottawa, Ontario.

1997 – January – Show #2 - “Bang Bang You’re Dead” - Centre des Arts Contemporains du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

1996 – April – Show #1 – “Bang Bang You’re Dead” – Lake Galleries – Toronto, Ontario.

1996 – January – “Roadworks” – Cornwall Regional Art Gallery – main gallery- Cornwall, Ontario.

1995 – June – Serious Suburban Satire” – Atrium Gallery – Nepean City Hall, Nepean, Ontario.

1994 – September - 3D Streetscapes – Cornwall Public Library – Cornwall, Ontario.

1994 – April – “Mother Nature Under Attack” – Cornwall Regional Art Gallery – back gallery.

1994 – March – Memories of Nature” – West End Station Bistro – Ottawa, Ontario.

1993 – December – Same show as above but at Manx Pub – Ottawa, Ontario.

1993 – October – “Milltown Cultural Landscapes” – Inverarden Regency Cottage – Cornwall, Ont.

1993 - July – “Elastic Faces” – Cornwall Public Library - Cornwall, Ontario.

1992 – October – “Milltown Cultural Landscapes” Galerie Rodrigue Lemay – Ottawa, Ontario.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2013 - Sept. - Artist Condos - performance/installation - Ottawa Nuit Blanche

2012 - Sept. - Free Art Van - in the first Ottawa Nuit Blanche

2012 - January – “Bureaucracy” – 2 person show with "Immony Men"
– Gallery 101 - Ottawa, Ontario.

2010/11/12 – May – “Chinatown Remix” – Art infiltrated in retail/resto/grocery stores– Ottawa, Ontario.

2010/12 - October & January - Candela - novel lights show - Cube Gallery - Ottawa

2009 – February – “Band of Outsiders” – 13 Artists - Saw Gallery – Ottawa, Ontario.

2006 – October – “Double Viion– 2 person show with Karole Marois – Cornwall Regional Art - Cornwall, Ontario.

2003/04 – Yearlong - “Motorized Aviation Firsts” – National Aviation Museum – Ottawa, Ontario.

2002 – “Colourfull People” – Karole Marois Artist portraits show – Karsh Masson Gallery – Ottawa

2002 March – Wegway first juried show – Propeller Gallery – Toronto, Ontario.

2002 – “Saving Suburbia for Future Generations” – Wegway magazine Spring edition – Toronto.

2001/02 – Sept/Feb. – “New Spirit of Ontario” – VOA show – Queens Park – Toronto, Ontario.

2001 – June/August – “Beau come un camion” – Maison Hamel Bruneau – Saint Foy, Quebec.

2001 – Feb/May – Photo show - (won second prize) – National Aviation Museum – Ottawa, Ont.

1999 – November/December - D.A.R.E. – Forest City Gallery – London, Ontario.

1998/99 – Artflight/98 – airphoto show – National Aviation Museum – Ottawa. Ontario.

1998 – September – Celebrate Nature in Art – Museum of Nature – Ottawa, Ontario.

1998 – Summer – “Artwars” – (Curate/participant) - Butlers Barracks – Niagara on the Lake, Ont. * CANCELLED AFTER OPENED – TOO HOT

1997 – July/Aug/Sept – “Merge” – collaborative project – Upper Canada Playhouse – Morrisburg, and Arbor Gallery – Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

1997 – August – “Engel/Price/Zappy” – Entre Cadre Galerie – Montreal, Quebec.

1997 – February – “Price & Engel Urban(e)” – Galerie Pink – Montreal, Quebec.

1995/96/97 – Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – (various themes) - City Hall – Toronto, Ontario.

1995 – March – “3 Artists show” – Cedar Ridge Creative Centre – Scarborough, Ontario.

1994 to today – Annual Juried Exhibition – Cornwall Regional Art Gallery – Cornwall, Ontario.

1994/95 – Heritage Minister’s Visual Arts Show – Terrase de la Chaudiere – Gatineau, P.Q.

1992 – July – ‘Canada 125’ – Gallery intersection – Ottawa, Ontario.

1986 – Fall – “Creative Sparks” – Arts initiative in product development – (RCA) – J.B.Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1985 – Summer – “Parcs Canada Centennial” Tent Exhibition – Harbourfront – Toronto, Ontario.

1981- December – “A Family Affair” (vehicles as Art show) - Gallery 2797 – Gloucester, Ontario.


MEDIA COVERAGE:

2013 – Nuit Blanche (photo) - Artist Condos - Ottawa Citizen Newspaper

2012 – CBC Radio – Ottawa Morning interview & Ottawa Magazine review for Bureacracy show - Gallery 101 - Ottawa, ON

2011 – CBC Radio - All in a Day show interview – For Abstracar show - Ottawa, ON

2009 - June – “Lawnguard” – Off the Map Gallery - Things of Desire Blog - Toronto, ON

2009 – “Band of Outsiders” – CBC radio – Ottawa Morning - review

2008 – “Art all Sorts” – esays about Artists book – John K. Grande.

2006 – “Slice of Suburbia” review – The Ottawa Citizen.

2006 – October – “Pyramid Acres” on CBC’s “On The Road Again”.

2004 – Picture in Sault Ste Marie Newspaper, RE – “Why did the chicken cross the road” show At Algoma Art Gallery.

2004 – Summer issue – Artichoke Magazine – review – “Pyramid Acres” project.

2004 – Spring – Sculpture for Everyone – article about various artists (Re Pyramid Acres) – Espace Art Magazine.

2003 – September – The Ottawa Citizen Article about “Pyramid Acres” project
- November – Canard Enchaine – “Pyramid Acres” story
- Montreal Gazette snippet about “Pyramid Acres”

2003 – October – Critic’s pick – Calgary Herald – “Lot Full” show
- Hot Ticket section –Avenue Magazine – “Lot Full” show.

1999 – December – review – London Scene by weekly newspaper – D.A.R.E. show

1999 Preview- Winnipeg Free Press – “Suburbiart” show and show notice in November Canadian Art Magazine.

1999 – Winter – Colour frontispiece – Border Crossings Art Magazine – “The gunfight at the Kiddie’s corral”

1998 – November – “Artwars” review in Artpapers magazine – USA

1998 – Review – Winnipeg Free Press – University of Winnipeg – “Bang Bang You’re Dead “

1998 – Essay in “Intertwining” by John K. Grande

1997 – September – Review – “pyramid acres installation” – Espace Sculpture Magazine.

1997 - Reviews – The Montreal Gazette, La Presse, Etc., CBC TV clip, CBC Radio interview.

1996 – Review – the Mirror, CFCF & CBC clips – Kitchen/Cuisine Group show. Galerie Pink.

1996 – April – City TV 3 minute piece & CBC TV promo clip – “Bang Bang You’re Dead”, Toronto show.

1996 – January – “Road to Nowhere” - Standard Freeholder Article, Cornwall, CBC Ottawa clip.

1995 – June – “Serious Suburban Satire” – review – The Ottawa Citizen , CBC Ottawa U radio Interview and Rogers cable one too.

1994 – January – “Moto Maja” – Sculpture picture in Cycle Canada Magazine

1994 – April – “Mother Nature under attack” – article – Standard Freeholder, Cornwall.

1994 – February – “ An Excellent Price” – Interpscan Magazine – Interpretation Canada Asso.

1992 – October – “Artist with a message “ - Standard Freeholder, Cornwall


PRO AFFILIATIONS:

1994 to 2002 – Member of Visual Arts Ontario

1992 to today – Member of CARFAC Ontario

1993 to 1997 – Seaway Arts Council member (association dissolved)


GRANTS AND AWARDS:

2007 – Ontario Arts Council $7500. grant, to work on CANADIANARTRUCK project.

2003 – Canada council $10,000. mid career grant, to assist in building full size Pyramid shaped Suburban house sculpture.
- Ontario Arts Council $5000. mid career grant for same Pyramid house project.

1998/99/03 – Ontario Arts Council Travel grants.

1994/95/97/09/10/11/12 – Ontario Arts Council material assistance grants for various shows.

1994 – Won the Grant Taylor Award for excellence in raising heritage awareness.

1988 – Environment Canada, Ontario Regional Office Award of Merit (community design)

1985- National Parks Centennial Award (Design).

1971 – Cominco student design award .


COLLECTIONS:

2012 - Free Art Purchases - by various private collectors in Ottawa

2009 – Donation - Cornwall Regional Art Gallery - 3 paintings from Milltown series.

2000/2001/2007/2008/2011 – City of Ottawa collection from my Suburbiart series.

2004 – Donation – “Peopless goes on Holidays” Sculpture to Art Gallery of Algoma.

2003 – Donation – “Pyramid Acres” 24’x24’x24’ sculpture to the City of Cornwall.

2003 – Fred Greene’s private collection – Lethbridge, Alberta.

1999 – Donation - Motoart painting to University of Winnipeg collection.

1999 – Commission for Parks Canada, Ontario Service Centre, Cornwall.

1995/97 – Stormont Dundas Glengarry Historic Society @ Cornwall Regional Art Gallery- from Milltown series.

1993 to 2005 - Several pieces in the Mendelson Joe collection.

1992 – Canada Council Art Bank collection – Two pieces from the Milltown series.


ARTIST TALKS:

2009 – December – DCR Studios - The Hague, Netherlands

2003 – October – University of Calgary Faculty of Fine Arts – in coordination with “Lot Full “ show.

2002 – February – State of University of California – for Doug Buis sculpture class.

1998 – November – University of Winnipeg, in coordination with “Bang Bang You’re dead” show.

1997/98 – Slide presentations of “Louvre on the St Lawrence” project – at A-Space in Toronto And Gallery 101 in Ottawa.


UPCOMING AND ONGOING:

- Am working on MORCA – a long term project for “The Museum of Rene’s Contemptorary Art” to be located permanently, somewhere around Ottawa

- Am working on a book about the Future of Art.



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