About Me - Richard Saint Cyr

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About the artist: I have been taking pictures for thirty-five years, since I bought my first camera at age fifteen. As my life's journey unfolds, I have developed a vision of the world through my lens. As I hike along a trail, or walk down a city street, something will catch my eye -- a curve, a smile, a texture. And that moment -- composing and capturing something I see as beautiful and striking -- is a moment of pure bliss, a welcome fog that always leaves a trace of disappointment as the moment passes.


My goal as an artist is to evoke an emotional, even spiritual, response as you gaze at my artwork. I strive to capture a deeper, divine beauty in common objects though simple abstraction, in the same way that Japanese printmaking can capture the elegance of nature with just a few brushstrokes. I encourage all to slowly walk around, take a look, try to figure out what you are looking at, then come back later, take a deep breath and look again. Become aware of what you are feeling.


Technical Information: Most prints are originally from SLR film cameras using Fuji Velvia, an ultra-saturated slide film, scanned into Photoshop for digital darkroom adjustments and printed onto canvas to enhance the painterly aspects. I've transitioned slowly, and reluctantly, from slide film to digital cameras.


Besides photography, I am a family doctor working at Swedish Bainbridge Island Primary Care Clinic. I live on the island with my wife and two young boys.


Exhibitions:

Cafe Zarah, Beijing, China. solo show "Sonoma Impressions". October-November 2010.

The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, Beijing, China. Solo show. November-December 2011.

ARTworkSF Gallery, 49 Geary St #215, San Francisco. Lost in Translation group exhibit. August 1-21, 2006.

ARTworkSF Gallery, 49 Geary St #215, San Francisco. Best of Show group exhibit. July 6-31, 2006.

Muffin Street Cafe, 52 Mission Cir # 112, Santa Rosa, CA. (707) 538-2020. November 1-December 31, 2005. Group show.

Whispers Café and Crepery, 390 El Camino Real. Solo exhibit. July 27-October 26, 2006

Diakadi Body, 290 Division Street, San Francisco. Solo exhibit. Jan 18-March 8, 2006.

SOMARTS Cultural Center, 834 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Bayennale exhibit, group show. July 22 - August 7, 2005.

Polarity Post Production, 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA. Open: M-F, 9am - 5pm. (415) 673-3080. Road Trip exhibit, group show. April 16 - July 16, 2005.

Sutter Hospital, 3325 Chanate Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. January 2003-present. A permanent collection of 18 photos of Sonoma landscapes and seascapes.

SOMARTS Cultural Center, 834 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Eye Of The Beholder exhibit, group show. June 30 - July 14, 2005.

Martha & Brothers Coffee, 2800 California St, San Francisco, CA, Open daily, 7am-7pm. November 9-December 31, 2004: solo show, a collection of National Park photographs.

Bayshore Film & Stage Studio, 2178 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA, M-F, 9am-5pm. October 19-Jan 19, 2005: Art Soup, over 100 works/all media.

Muffin Street Cafe, 52 Mission Cir # 112, Santa Rosa, CA. (707) 538-2020. November 1-December 31, 2004. Group show.

Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA. (415) 394-0500. Monochrome Set , group photography show. October 6-December 17, 2004.

Polarity Post Production, 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA. Open: M-F, 9am - 5pm. (415) 673-3080. Bay Area in Focus exhibit, group show. June 12 - October 2.

Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA. (415) 394-0500. Exposure, group show. June - August 2004.

Polarity Post Production, 69 Green Street, San Francisco, CA. Open: M-F, 9am - 5pm. (415) 673-3080. Common Scents exhibit, group show. March 15 - June 15. Reception April 28

Hotel Cosmo Gallery, 761 Post Street @ Jones, San Francisco, CA. Feb 15 -May 15. Reception April 1, 6-8pm. Beautiful Earth exhibit, group show.

Aroma Roasters Cafe , Santa Rosa, CA, March 2004. Solo show

Muffin Street Cafe, Santa Rosa, CA. January-March 2004. Group show.

Bayshore Film & Stage Studio, 2178 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA, M-F, 9am-5pm. November 2003-February 2004: Art Soup , over 100 works/all media.

The Crepe House, Crepe House, 1755 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, open 8am-10pm. December 2003-January 2004. Solo show.

The Squat & Gobble Cafe , 237 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, open 8am-10pm. December 2003-January 2004. Group show.

Photographers Darkroom, Santa Rosa, CA. July-August 2003. Group show.

Borders Books and Cafe, Santa Rosa, CA. July 1-31 2003. Solo show.

Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa, CA, May-August 2003. Exhibit: Landscapes and Landmarks Through a Lens, group show, one entry

EXITArts Gallery, New York, NY, March 2002. Exhibit: September 11 tribute, group show, one entry. Now in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.


Awards:

Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA, June 2005. Merit Award - Color Photography. Honorable Mention - Color Photography.


Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa, CA, July 2005. Third place - Color Photography, Night Scene.


Sonoma County Harvest Fair , Santa Rosa, CA, October 1-3, 2004. First place - Sonoma County Wine Country. First place - Sonoma County Farmscapes. First place - Any Other Sonoma County. Fourth place - Sonoma County Trees/Orchards. Fourth place - Any Other Sonoma County.


California State Fair, Sacramento, CA, August 2004. Award of Merit, Best of Show Competition.


Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma, CA, June 2004. Best of Show - Professional Photography.


Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa, CA, July 2004. Second place - landscape.


Sonoma County Harvest Fair , Santa Rosa, CA, October 2003. Third place - trees/orchards. Fourth place - trees/orchards. Fourth place - floriculture. Fifth place - farmscapes.


Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa, CA, July 2003. Second place - seascape/marine. Third place - landscape.


Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma, CA, June 2003. First place - marine. Second place - landscapes. Third place - trees. Honorable mention - marine.


Rohnert Park Association for the Arts Art and Photography Show, Rohnert Park, CA, May 2003. First place - amateur black and white.


Rohnert Park Association for the Arts Art and Photography Show, Rohnert Park, CA, May 2002. First place - amateur color. All photos copyright Richard St. Cyr



All photos copyright Richard St. Cyr

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