Richard Wilfred Beau Lieu, 1947, USA
Sculptor/ Artist/ Fine Art Appraiser/ Director of Boynton Beach Neighborhood Gallery
Artist Statement: Art is made from dreams, and visions, and things not known, and least of all from things that can be seen. It comes from the inside of who you are when you face yourself. It is an inner declaration of purpose; it is a factor which determines an artist identity.
From the French, Beau lieu means, literally, beautiful place. And it is both appropriate and ironic that it should. Richard Wilfred Beau Lieu, an American Artist, Founded Beau Lieu Sculpture Studios in 1984 and Richard Beau Lieu & Associates Fine Art Appraisers in 1995 in Boynton Beach, Florida.
For it is in this place, known only for the scenes and scents of common industry, that Richard Beau Lieu will create some of the finest sculptures and three dimensional, mixed media compositions available today. Beau Lieu's works can be seen in Galleries, Museums, Public Buildings and Institutions throughout the world. His affiliation with International Art Organizations and National Environmental Groups is noteworthy. In 1989, He was the recipient of the Distinguished Florida Artist of the Year Award. He also received a 1990 award for Significant Contribution to the Arts in Education from the National Organization of Young Audiences and in addition received a 1991 Resident Artist Award for his work with high school students by the Palm Beach County School Department.
In 1986 he received a commission from the Starkoff Associates, that resulted in two monumental sculptures being installed on the grounds of the Arvida Executive Center in Boca Raton Fl. In 1988, another commission resulted in the production of seven sculptures of a marine, or nautical theme, which were part of an underwater art exhibit to benefit The Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C. Other awards include the Neighborhood Artist Residency Program, Cultural
Council Grant Recipient 1999, Outstanding Artist and Designers of the
20th Century 2000, Decree of Merit, International Biographical Centre,
Cambridge, England 2001; Meritorious Achievement in Art and Education,
American Biographical Society 2008; The Mike Ryan Memorial, A Tribute
to Veteran Hospital Volunteers, 2010.
Beau Lieu’s most recent commissions are the Boca Raton Community
Hospital in Boca Raton , Fl. "Volunteer Tribute"
and the “Tribute To Volunteers” at the Veterans Hospital in Daytona
In 2001 he was approached by the City of Boynton Beach to
organize the selection of an Arts Commission board and the writing of
an Art ordinance, guidelines and recommendations to govern that
ordinance. He was appointed by the Mayor for a three year term as
a board member, and served as chairman.
He is a twenty year member of the Palm Beach Cultural Council and a Civic Art Leader. He sat on the selection committee for the
Veterans Memorial Project, Wilson Center Memorial, and The Tribute to
His affiliations include many art organizations and environmental
groups. He has sat on the Faculty for the Armory Arts Center,
West Palm Beach, Fl. and the Art Advisory Board for Northwood
University, Palm Beach, Fl.
In 1995 he was appointed as a Certified Professional Fine Art Appraiser by the IFAA, International Fine Art Appraisers.