Richard Palanuk is a Visual Artist living and working in Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada. His work encompasses both traditional photography and photo-based printmaking. Richard regards his fine-art work as fiction based on fact: “I record images that somehow find me. Once I start playing with these visual impressions, they begin to take on a life of their own. The magic is in this transformation, as the images become visual metaphors for inner thoughts and emotions.”
At the age of eight, Richard received his first camera and began to explore the world around him. His fascination with this medium was further enhanced by a journey up North when he was twenty-one: "I taught first aid in First Nation Communities in Northern Manitoba and I took a camera with me. The images I experienced and recorded stirred something deep within me - I was hooked."
Richard attended the University of Winnipeg studying Art History, English and Eastern Religions. After university, he worked for CBC Radio, CP Rail and the Province of Manitoba, where he was employed as a media technician. Here, he was given the opportunity to work as a photographer and darkroom technician for the Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism. During the next three years Richard immersed himself in photography and attended Red River College to further hone his skills. He captured a variety of images for the Province of Manitoba and became skilled in the darkroom, printing black and white photographs for both the Hudson Bay and the Provincial Archives.
Richard went on to pursue a career as a freelance photographer, working with writers, art directors, and editors. His particular interest in gardening images led him to assignments with Canadian Gardening magazine and related publications. During this period, Richard was offered a contract position with a museum where he continued to work as a photographer and learned custom-picture framing. This position allowed him the opportunity to concentrate more on his artwork and he began to show his work in exhibitions.
Richard now works full-time as a visual artist. His work can be found in private collections worldwide and in corporate collections, including: the Law Firm of D'Arcy & Deacon; the Business Development Bank of Canada; Canadian Heritage; the Government of Canada; the Manitoba Liquor Commission; the Province of Manitoba and the World Wildlife Fund.