The following Biography from AskART:
biography, submitted November 2006, is from Laura Paboojian, representative of the artist.
Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Richard Beau Lieu, an established metal sculptor, was schooled in realism, yet abstraction has afforded him creative license.
He is the eldest of four children, born to Raymond and Estelle Beaulieu. He has two grown daughters, and a total of six grandchildren. He currently resides in South Florida. His parents, sister and eldest daughter also all live in Florida.
Beau Lieu's most popular works range in size from two to twelve feet, though his sculpture Liberty, or Victory Over Communism stands at over forty feet and weighs more than seven tons. Finished, but for its painting, it stands outside his studio wearing only a coat of primer. Where exactly the idea for this work came from, not even the artist can say. It is certainly abstract -- as is most of his work, but not nearly as lyrical. The lion's share of Beau Lieu's work, which he opts to paint on primary and secondary colors, are often interspersed with stainless steel and polychrome finishes and fashioned of extremely dense and rigid materials. Several of his institutional pieces are bronze figurative and are dedication sculptures for medical foundations.
His studies in art began in Massachusetts and concluded at Shaftesbury University in London, England with a Masters of Fine Arts degree. In 1980 he moved to Florida and founded Beau Lieu Sculpture Studios in 1984 in Boynton Beach, Florida. The area where his studio is located is known for the scenes and scents of common industry and it is here he creates sculptures and three dimensional, mixed media compositions in steel, aluminum and bronze.
Many of his early sculptures can be found in in the northeast, most of which are located in Massachusetts and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
As a sculptor he has paid special attention to world events and has marked such events with his work, such as the breakdown of communism in the late 80 which ended with fall of the Berlin Wall. He created a forty foot steel sculpture called Victory Over Communism. A steel sculpture called Reflections of Desert Storm is located at the Air National Guard base in Westfield, Massachusetts. Reflecting society's move towards spirituality as a means to dealing with social problems, Beau Lieu created a large steel sculpture titled The Spirit Guide, which is located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
He has immortalized political leaders and famous artists of the past with homages to their significant contributions to their particular fields. Some of these include Marc Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, and Ronald Regan. A note about Richard Beau Lieu's signature:
Richard's work is signed Beau Lieu. The reason for this split in his signature is that many years ago he realized some people could not pronounce his given family name of Beaulieu, therefore he decided to break it up into two words. This seemed to help with pronunciation, as the two individual words were much more recognizable, and although this is no longer a problem anymore, it has become his unique signature.
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Beau Lieu most recent commissions are the Boca Raton Community Hospital, Boca Raton , Florida "Volunteer Tribute" dedicated in 1998, and the Tribute To Volunteers at the Veterans Hospital in Daytona Beach , Florida in 2002.
In 2001 he was approached by the City of Boynton Beach to organize the selection of an Arts Commission board and the writing of an Art ordinance, guidelines and recommendations to govern that ordinance. He was appointed by the mayor for a three year term as a board member, and now serves as chairman.
He is a twenty year member of the Palm Beach Cultural Council and a civic art leader. He sat on the selection committee for the Veterans Memorial Project and Wilson center memorial, a tribute to Carolyn Simms.
His affiliations include many art organizations and environmental groups. He has sat on the Faculty for the Armory Arts Center, West Palm Beach, Florida and the Art Advisory Board for Northwood University, Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2006 he was appointed as a certified professional fine art appraiser by the IFAA, International Fine Art Appraisers.
Beau Lieu is currently working on large scale sculpture for upcoming shows in the 2007 season and is working with local art organizations to promote public art in the South Florida area.
He is listed in Strathmore's Who's Who of outstanding business and professional leaders from 2002 to 2005.
Art is made from dreams, and visions, and things not known, and least of all from things that can be said. It comes from the inside of who you are when you face yourself. It is an inner declaration of purpose; it is a factor which determines an artist identity.
How did you start in Art?
Working in my families machine shop. later I attended art school.
Who is/was your master?
Irving Amen, noted painter and printmaker
Do you think that training is Important or prefer self-taught?
I beleive that there are many ways to acheive the same goal. I have been professionally train and schooled but have friends that are self taught which are equally successful
It is possible to live from Art?
I have for many years. it is possible but not always easy.
Transpiration or inspiration?
David smith and Alexander Calder
Your 3 Favorite Artists Living and Dead
Pablo Picasso, Kathleen Henner, Roy Schallenberg
Work of art that you would like to be the Author and Why
The David, the mastery of the medium
Is there a Price for Art?
It is diffiently priceless
Everything can be art or are there limits?
I believe if it is done by an artist then anything can be art. Art is in everything you see.
Digital Art. Yes or no?