Enriching the Arts

 Featured Artist: Gerald St. Maur, ASA


Gerald St. Maur

Gerald St. Maur, Sunlit Walk 17

Biography

Former Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alberta, Gerald St. Maur is a visual and literary artist.  He is the author of nine books of poetry, five plays, and has directed work for the stage, radio and television.

He has been active in the arts community for three decades during which he has served as President of both the Alberta Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists.  His visual work contained in seven books, has been exhibited widely throughout Canada and is held in various private and public collections.

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

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Gerald St. Maur, Sunlit Wallk 22

Gerald: In retrospect, I find my eye has been governed by the same forces that evidently influenced the work of Samuel Palmer in his depiction of rural scenes in 19th Century England.  Frequently, it revealed a philosophical, if not spiritual, awareness permeating the subject through emphasis of shape, shade and texture appropriately captured in charcoal.  And my own poetry often takes me in the same direction and breeds the same sympathies. However, it was a charcoal by Corot that started my personal journey with the medium. I was immediately struck by the possibilities hidden within it, especially its potential to render natural scenes in a painterly way.

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Gerald St. Maur, Moon Rising

ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?

Gerald: In keeping with the above, I would have to say my landscapes and skyscapes which constitute about 60% of my work.  They appear to have been well received in exhibitions throughout the country and in several books.

From the Foreword of my charcoal book Searching skies, seeing through trees,

“Words cannot describe this kind of being…it is certain that these experiences have touched Gerald St. Maur deeply”  – Robert Sinclair RCA

From the Foreword of my selected drawings book, Reaching for reality,

“The drawings of Gerald St. Maur are so delicate that it is hard not to hold one’s breath just to stand in front of them… His understanding and love of light as it illuminates his world and his drawings is truly beautiful”  –  Mary Pratt CC

 

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