Spectral light 2020. 48” x 30” SOLD

Richard’s paintings have a spontaneous, animated quality binding strong contours and shapes within a limited, tonal palette. His abstract landscape, still life and social commentary paintings reflect dream experiences, making the unconscious adventures visible through art.

New hope 2022. 30” x 30” $770

Richard Austin, a former art editor for Globe and the National Examiner tabloid newspapers, is a Canadian designer, indie-filmmaker, painter and photographer.

As a filmmaker, Richard directed a number of music videos and short films, including “At Last...”, a dramatic film about the reunion of two long-estranged sisters, and “Heather Crowe’s Legacy”, a documentary about how one individual made a difference by galvanizing political and public health efforts.

Richard studied photography and fine art in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, published a number of portfolios and has exhibited paintings and photographs at galleries internationally.

Richard is currently a Director for visual arts at Centre des arts La Fab sur Mill Arts Centre in Chelsea, Québec. La Fab is a not-for-profit artist’s co-op supporting the performing and visual arts.

Recent work

The ridge 2023. 30” x 48” SOLD

North shore 2022. 30” x 30” $800

The Miller’s tale 2020. 24” x 24” $700

The wind’s up 2023. 20” x 40” $800

Slocan Lake  2023. 18” x 24” $500

Lake and mountains 2023. 36” x 34” $800

Mount Lefroy 2023. 36” x 34” $050

Ice house 2023. 36” x 34” $800

Trees in the north 2023. 36” diameter, birchwood $1200

Grounded 2019, 36” x 36” SOLD

Reaching out 2020, 36" x 18" SOLD

Reaching out 2020, 36” x 18” SOLD

Floating 2021, 22” x 28” $650

Hay Lake retreat 2019, 40” x 30” SOLD

Little men 2021, 20” x 40” $800

Close encounters 2021, 20” x 40” $800

The lost 2021, 36” x 24” SOLD

My maple 2019, 22” x 28” SOLD

Pieces of sky 2021, 24” x 36” $700

Pine Road Cross Loop #2 2019, 36” x 24” SOLD

Social distancing 2020, 28” x 22” RESERVED

Something strange, something beautiful 2020, 24” 24” $400

Spring on the Oxtongue River 2021, 24” x24” SOLD

View into a lane 2021, 22” x 28” $350

The café 2021, 22” x 28” $350

Walking by the lake 2021, 28” x 22” SOLD

Maple leaf pose 2019. 28” x 22”  $600

Pear William 2019. 22” x 28” SOLD

The artist 2019. 30” x 48” SOLD

A time to change 2021, 36”x24” SOLD

Alfi 2019,  48”x30” SOLD

Near Highway 127 2019,  72”x18” SOLD

Meandering Meech Creek SOLD

California Dry #1 2022, 36"x36" $700

California Dry #1 2022, 36"x36" $750

View from Mount Hamilton Road 2019, 24"x36" $500

View from Mount Hamilton Road 2019, 24"x36" $500

House on the hill #1 2019, 18”x36”  SOLD

House on the hill 2020, 18”x36” RESERVED

Pine Road Cross Loop #4. 36” x 18” $450

Ursus rising 2020. 24” x 24” $750

Looking out at the world 2019. 18” x 18’ RESERVED

My Chelsea journey 2019, 48” x 30” $650

Portraits and others, 1990s - 2000s


The dancer


Mister mister


Fayum #1

The wanderer

Fayum #3

One’s self

Leda and the goose

Young man

Small windows

Large windows

2021 exhibition Galerie Old Chelsea


Galerie La Fab sur Mill - Chelsea (2022-23)

Galerie Old Chelsea (2021)

Chelsea / Wakefield Studio Tour (2020-2021, 2023)

Artprior Gallery - Arnprior (2020)

La Fab Arts Centre - Chelsea (2020)

Ottawa University Faculty of Medicine (2019)

Orange Gallery - Ottawa (2019)

Ottawa Little Theatre Gallery (2018)

Exposure Gallery - Ottawa (2018)

School of Photographic Arts  A+ Competition: Analogue category award – Ottawa (2018)

School of Photographic Arts  A+ Competition: Printed Book category award – Ottawa (2016)

Cube Gallery – Ottawa (2012)

Arts + Architecture Gallery – Ottawa (2012)

Languages of Life 31st Annual Art Exhibition – Ottawa (2011)

La Petite Mort Gallery – Ottawa (2008)

Park Hotel Apartments Gallery – Sydney, Australia (1993)

New World Harbour View Hong Kong Hotel - Wanchai Gallery (1992)

Galerie Zazou – Montréal (1987)

Westmount City Hall Gallery – Montréal (1982)

The Above 2021. 20” x 40” $700


“La Fab Arts Centre 10th Anniversary Celebration”

Artist Dawn McArthur presents her recent exhibition

“Gatineau sky”

Over the years I’ve produced videos on local performing and visual artists. In these short clips, the artists introduce themselves and share their visual and performing art vision.

Glen Foster

Glen Foster is a multi-disciplinary creator who hails from Montreal and has lived in the Gatineau Hills for 40 years. As a furniture maker/woodworker, photographer, musician and scientist, he has always delved in to understanding, exploring and appreciating the world around him.

Diane Lemire

Born in Val d’Or and now living in Chelsea (Quebec), Diane Lemire is a multidisciplinary artist inspired by her surroundings, nature and her life. Holder of a B.F.A and a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa, she creates mixed media sculptures, textile art works, paintings and collages evoking the sense of time, place and hidden memories.

Nature Humaine du Groupe des 7 au feminin

This collective is made up of painters Linda Bergeron-Baril, Lynn Camiré, Marthe Laroche, Monique Patry, Suzanne Patry, Denise Pelletier and Nicole Pigeon.

Coming from diverse backgrounds and using various artistic processes, these seven friends exhibit colourful and vibrant paintings which delight the soul and evoke the arrival of warmer days.

Kevin Burke

Born in Ottawa, Kevin Burke grew up in a creative environment surrounded by craftsmen and hobbyists with a strong rural tradition. Kevin’s delightful whirligigs, whether they depict a bird, a fish, or a scene from everyday life, are whimsical works of folk art sure to put a smile on your face.

Valérie Blais

A native of Chelsea, Valérie Blais is a young ceramic artist based in Montreal. She discovered the complex world of ceramics during a trip to Newfoundland and subsequently undertook a training in ceramics. Valérie did an artist residency in Fogo and took classes at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She pursues further training and continues her research in a shared studio she opened in 2019 in Montreal.

Neal Ford Sundet

Experience, talent and charisma is what Neal Ford Sundet is all about.  He also works at his recording studio called Meech Creek Studios. Located in Farm Point, Québec he provides local talent the opportunity to record professionally in a warm atmosphere. People as far as New York come to record at his studio.

Paul Hampsey

Paul Hampsey is a Wakefield, Québec singer/songwriter who has been performing solo and with various bands for years. His songs range from tales of giant houseplants to serious examinations on the state of the planet. He has recorded two solo albums and an album with his bandmates in Tractor. Paul's songs are crafted with a sincere desire to reach others.

Sister Hyde

Ted Axe, AKA Sister Hyde is a swaggering leather-clad figure, eyes hidden under a veil of black hair and a half-cocked top hat dances to the tune of a dirty Les Paul. Venting poison with a hail of feedback, Axe screams with a razor-tongued sneer that ignites the crowd!

Christiane Claude

With a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Theater from the University of Ottawa, Christiane Claude studied mime at the Naropa Institute in Colorado, at the National Mime School in Montreal and with Marcel Marceau. She performed with the Théâtre des Lutins and took part in the Manotick Fringe Festival, where she won the award for best children's artist. Christiane hosted a children's television series called Mimagination. She is also a guest artist at Algonquin College. Currently Christiane works as a guest artist with the culture program in Quebec government schools.

John McAlpine

John McAlpine writes and sings about life’s ups and downs and always pulls off a ripping show.

Heather Crowe’s Legacy

Heather Crowe’s Legacy: An Ordinary Canadian's Extraordinary Gift

Heather Crowe (April 23, 1945, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – May 22, 2006, Ottawa, Ontario) was a Mi’kmaq and a Canadian waitress who became the public face of Canada's anti-smoking campaign. Crowe was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002.

Famously claiming to have "never smoked a day in her life", Crowe believed her cancer to be the result of regularly breathing second-hand smoke at her workplace, Moe's Newport Restaurant, for over forty years. In 2002, she submitted a successful claim related to second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace to the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board for lost earnings and health care benefits. Based on her $12,000 salary, WSIB awarded her $200 a week, $4,000 a year to help with medical expenses and a one-time payment of $40,000 for pain and suffering.

Shortly before Christmas, 2003, WSIB ordered the 59-year-old Crowe, still undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, back to work. Following Crowe's lobbying campaign, the province of Ontario passed an anti-smoking bill which banned smoking in all indoor public spaces and near the entrances of government buildings. The law came into effect four days after Crowe's death in 2006. She was survived by her daughter, whom she raised alone.

(c) Richard Austin 2023

Update: 23 July 2023