Born in Canada, in 1945, Rivest received his BFA from British Columbia University, Vancouver in 1975, and a year prior to his graduation he started conducting silkscreen workshops in the city. Also interested in photography, he began using photographic montages with the world of sports as his setting. While living in Québec, he continued to lead various workshops in serigraphy and printmaking and some in photography, including one for the 1978 Quebec Olympic Games. In addition, he taught fine arts classes at high school level and lectures on the introduction of art into sports. From 1988-1995, Rivest resided in New York City where he focused more on creating original artworks with print making media, using a magnitude of rollers, brushes and stencils. These multi-originals continue to be hand pulled today in his private studio in Los Angeles, California.
Artistically praised for the use of rich colors from his early career, he has evolved from serigraphs to the challenge of monotypes and mixed media. Texture elements are freely appropriated in his prints, and the applications of ink vary from hand rubbings to more conventional means. While the underneath photographic frame is still apparent and the subject recognizable, the printing process transforms the image. The final print reveals its ambiguous classification: will it be a monotype, a mixed media, or a future lithograph?
The solvent in Rivest’s process fixes scenes that pulse with movement, anticipation, strength and spirit. Remarkably stimulating effects transpire the levels of absorbency and density of hand made papers, used in his monotypes. By interchanging ingredients or treatment, he is able to recreate images in a continuous analysis of the subject: "When I am printing a monotype, I see numerous interesting directions to go to complete full rendering of my idea. After I have followed one course of action to its logical conclusion and that the picture is completed, by printing a second and a third “ghost” copy, I am able to work on an evolved image from the frame work of the original". His commitment to experimentation with color and light is strongly reflected in his creative compositions. As both an athlete and an artist, Rivest combines his talent and passion to achieve provocative artworks. He demystifies art, the hero figure, and the print market. He celebrates Nature and Man.
He has received several commissions from national and international organizations to create artworks. Some of these include: the 1985 Montreal International Marathon, the 1986 Barbados Olympic Association, the 1987 Quebec Government House of Mexico and the 1990 New York Metropolitan Athletic Congress. In the last 35 years, he has participated in exhibits in China, Japan, Korea, also in France, Portugal, Spain and the Americas. He has received numerous recognitions, including first prizes, in European exhibitions over the last 10 years.
Jim & Nass
To the Wire
Net & Set
Man at Bat
Chasse à Courre