May 27 – Jun 20, 2010

“French painter Jean-Pierre Ruel may not be into what one might call ‘religious’ art, but he clearly holds a deep faith in the power of that holy trinity – brush, paint and canvas – to knock us off our feet.”

Henry Lehmann

Montreal, Thursday May 13, 2010 – Galerie D’Este is proud to present a highly anticipated second solo exhibition of entirely new work by French artist Jean-Pierre Ruel. After the success of his first visit to Montreal in 2007, we are fortunate to see Ruel return to us for this next vernissage. The show, featuring over twenty new pieces of a depth and maturity that speaks to Ruel’s longevity as an artist, is a must-see for longstanding fans of the artist and offers newcomers the ideal opportunity to discover his work.

Ruel approaches the canvas with absolute confidence, his brushwork at once deliberate and instinctive. He paints with an inspiration that is as much visceral as spiritual. If we see traces of his reworking on the canvas, it is not to show hesitation, but to bravely invite the viewer into his creative process. In the emotionally-charged encounters between figures that make up the body of Ruel’s new series, the viewer is invited to position himself in these obscure interactions, intrigued by the sensation of having just walked in on something. In smaller-format works in gouache on paper, the artist shows a new facet of his talent, showing the same sensitivity for the finer medium as he is known for in oil.

Jean-Pierre Ruel was born in Saint-Étienne, France in 1970. He graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 1993 before entering the prestigious École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He represented France at the Rome Biennale in 1999 and won, in 2000, the Prix International d’art contemporain in Monte Carlo.