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Richard Leray

This is an artist I met/liked in France. He was born in 1961 in Angers, France.

I was on holiday and I came across his workshop in the centre of the village of Fontevraud l’Abbaye, which just so happens to sit next door to a 13th century chapel.

The village is in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine National Park, in the Loire Valley and it is also celebrated for its 12th century royal abbey, one of the grandest of Europe. Which was the main reason at the time for visiting the village.

I explored his workshop with curiosity and he warmly welcomed me, and even spoke to me giving me advice as an artist still figuring her way around the world.

His main style is Calligraphy working with words or letters to create works of art that explore the meaning or perhaps hidden meaning behind them, using either french or Hebrew words and symbols to send clever messages.

I was inspired by him and found that his work really spoke to me.

From his website I have learned he was:

Born in 1961 in Angers, France, he trained in Istanbul, Isreal and Paris developing his style and his love for the spoken word.

He has put on solo exhibitions of his work, particularly in France, United States and Israël.

  • 1991 Graphic Art school, Israël.
  • 1991-1993 Training at the « École Française d’Enluminure », Angers, France.
    ( specialisation in Stencil illumination )
  • 1993-1994 Teaching at the École Française d’Enluminure. 1994 Creation of the Atelier Festina Lente studio in Fontevraud l’abbaye.


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