CELIA Richard is French and has been living in and around Shercock, Co Cavan since 1998. As well as exhibiting around Ireland, France and the UK, she teaches art, craft and yoga in the community and in healthcare settings. Largely self-taught, she studied Sciences of the environment and worked for a while in river conservation in Provence.
In 2010 she took part in an international art project concerned with boundaries and observation with Cavan Arts Office, spearheaded by Canadian artist S.G. Borda that showed in Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Bluewall Gallery and at the Cavan Fleadh.
She took part in a life painting showcase project with Mick O’Dea RHA and regularly exhibits in Solas Gallery, Ballinamore Co Leitrim.
Her work has sold from Adam’s art auctioneers in Dublin and can be found in private collections as far afield as the Indian Ocean.
She is actively involved in arts and Health, currently leading collaborative art projects in two major mental health hospitals.
Her next project involves multi-disciplinary residential courses in her home place of Champagne, northeast France.
Among her main sources of inspiration, Celia mentions Klimt, Schiele, Pissarro, Frida Kahlo, Joseph Cornell’s curio cabinets, Yves Klein blue, Brendan Dean, art journaling by Sabrina Ward Harrison, Baudelaire, the films of Jane Campion, trees, the books of Julia Cameron, art therapy, Country Living Magazine, the music of Bach, Bjork, Phil Glass and her son Jim’s electro.
She consistently explores the art of emotional hygiene with a view to sharing her discoveries through exhibitions and workshops.