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Richard Cole

Fort Langley based artist Richard Cole was born in Edmonton and graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts. His work, collected in corporate and private collections worldwide, celebrates the textures of the ephemeral and the unexpected beauty of land and water. It captures the vast spaces of Alberta’s prairielands, the dark tangle of wildness that is BC’s Fraser River delta, and the oceanscapes of BC's West Coast

 In counterpoint to his sweeping vision, Richard's work also honours small moments: bright poppies against dull grasses, the textures of bark, the promise of clouds, and the transient legacies of human settlement. Recently, Richard has returned to figurative work in oversized portraits of humans and wildlife and has illustrated two successful children’s books.




-Finalist for the Kingston Prize 2023 (Canada Portrait Award)

-Shortlisted for British Portrait Award 2016

-BC Bestseller children's book (The Boy Who Paints)


1987-1991 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta

Visual Arts Diploma major in Painting


Solo Exhibitions


2019 (summer)         Mountain, Halle Galerie, St. Moritz, Switzerland 

2019                           Lumiere, Charles Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC,

2018                           Prairie, West End Gallery, Edmonton

2017                           Portraits, Arbutus Gallery, Kwantlen University, Surrey,BC

2017                           Fleeting moment: figure, land, animal, Canada House Gallery

2015                           New Work,Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

2014                          Release of children's book The Girl Who Writes, Canada House 

2014                          West End Gallery, Edmonton 

2013                          Canada House Gallery, Banff Alberta

2012                          West End Gallery Victoria BC

2011                          Canada House Gallery Banff Alberta

2010                          Ian Tan Gallery, Hong Kong/ Vancouver

2009                        West End Gallery, Victoria BC

2009                        Canada House Gallery, Banff Alberta

2007                        Canada House Gallery, Banff Alberta

2007                        Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver,BC

2007                        West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2005                        Halde Galerie, Widen Switzerland

2005                        Canada House Gallery. Banff Alberta

2005                        Lambert Gallery, Vancouver BC

2004                        Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver BC

2003                        Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster BC

2003                        Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver BC

2002                        Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver BC

1996                        The Auburn, Calgary, Alberta

1995                        The Seoul Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1995                        Myxdmedia Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1992                        Newzones Gallery, Calgary, Alberta



Group Exhibitions


2019                        West Coast, West End Gallery, Victoria, BC

2018                        Gibsons Fine Art, Calgary, AB

2018                        BEAR, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

2017/2018              JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

2016                        p r a i r i e, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

2013                        Ian Tan Gallery, Hong Kong

2008                        Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2007                        Halde Galerie, Switzerland

2006                        Galerie d'art CHATEAU FRONTENAC, Quebec City, Quebec 

2005                        Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005                        Halde Galerie, Widen Switzerland

2005                        Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, NY USA

2004                        Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle WA USA

2004                        Halde Galerie, Widen Switzerland

2004                        Lambert Gallery, Vancouver BC

2003                        Whistler Village Art Gallery, Whistler BC

2003                        Roche Bobois, Vancouver BC

2003                        Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove BC

2002                        Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster BC

2001                        Bruce, Vancouver BC

1997                        Browser, Artropolis, Vancouver, BC.

1996                        Wolf and Wolf Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1996                        Painted Arrow Gallery, Jasper, Alberta

1995                        Provenance Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1995                        Paul Khun Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1993                        Newzones Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1992                        City of Calgary Mayor’s Office, Calgary

1991                        Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1990                        Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta


Charitable Donations


2003- Orcas in the city, B.C. Lions Society, Vancouver, BC

2002 –2017 Splash; Arts Umbrella, Vancouver. BC

2001 Seva, A room with a view, Vancouver BC

1997  Access Artist Run Centre, fundraiser, Vancouver, BC

1995 Edmonton Opera fundraiser, Edmonton, Alberta

1991-1995 New Gallery fundraiser, Calgary, Alberta


Artist talks, workshops, teaching 


 2019        Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Instructional Associate Fine arts.


2018         Artist talk and student critique, Painting class, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey BC


2017        Guest artist, 4th year graduation class, Kwantlen Polytechnic

 University, Surrey,BC


2014         Student workshops in painting and writing for Children’s books. Grads 1 to 7, Langley school district, Surrey school district, Duncan school District.


1998 - 2003  Studio Technician, Simon Fraser University, School for Contemporary Art, Vancouver BC





2014      The Girl Who Writes (children book), by Richard Cole and  K.Jane Watt, Fenton Street Publishing House.


2013        The Boy Who Paints ( children book), by Richard Cole and  K.Jane Watt, Fenton Street Publishing House.


2013        Richard Cole, Recent work, Galleries West by Dina O’Meara


2012        Cover of ‘Best Homes, Western Canada


2004        Richard Cole,The Forest, Galleries West, by Beverly Cramp


1994        Artist Richard Cole, Calgary Herald.


1993        Gold Winner, Best Design Home, Western Living Magazine

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