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Steve Perrault

Steve Perrault

Steve Perrault is vastly more complex than his present title of "artist" suggests.

His background in art, philosophy, theology and psychology creates a mysterious connection and deep appreciation of the incongruent aspects of life. For ten years, working as a psychotherapist, he shared the lives of many, including the incarcerated. For thirteen years Perrault lived in the context of seminary and religious life. Both these ways of life provided the artist with the opportunity to experience environments of architecture with light and darkness, containment and expansion.

Perrault recalls, "One day I was walking up a stairwell and noticed incredible light being cast on a wall from a window. I was so inspired to capture that light that I painted the walls of the stairwell blue and put a yellow stripe splashing in where the sunshine had seized a defining shape on the wall."

Although the work was unauthorized, Perrault's colleagues at the monastery appreciated the color. Perrault soon found himself doing a lot of painting. At age 30, he realized he no longer felt a religious calling and left the sheltered walls of the monastery. Moving to inner city Chicago, he pursued a graduate degree in psychology, continued his counseling work and began to spend more time painting.

Perrault is now a full time artist who wins prestigious awards, receives positive reviews of his work in national publications, holds solo exhibitions, and has his work included in many shows and collections.

As a man who understands a sense of calling, Perrault believes that art is his true calling and the best way to use his gifts to communicate with others. The spaces he creates are free from distractions and exhibit a purposeful pursuit of the minimum. The beauty of simplicity brings the freedom necessary in a search for what lies beneath and above the human person.

Perrault invites the observer to walk into the architecture and leave feeling more hopeful about themselves and the world around them. Although his spaces reflect the precision, order and calm of the artist, ultimately Perrault's art mirrors the spiritual journey as the observer yearns for meaning through the unseen mystery.

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