JEAN PAUL JÉRÔME: FAITS PLASTIQUES
Mar 27 – Apr 20, 2014
Galerie D’Este is proud to present Faits plastiques, a retrospective exhibition of Plasticien artist Jean-Paul Jérôme’s work in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the artist’s death. The show features some twenty works created between 1950 and the end of the 1990s, when the artist was at the height of his powers. During this period, he explored the limits of geometric abstraction while staying true to his artistic identity and to the tenets of the Plasticien movement he helped to define. Jérôme’s influence continues to echo in the work of contemporary painters and now, ten years on, looking back on his body of work, it is difficult not to recognize the monumental presence in Canadian painting of Jean-Paul Jérôme.
A master of geometric abstraction, Jérôme left his mark on the history of modern art in Quebec. Works by the artist are featured in the most important institutional collections in the province and his work is currently being shown as part of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art’s show A Matter of Abstraction. Renowned for the striking quality of his works throughout his career, as well as for his energetic reinventions of the Plasticien style, Jérôme has only just begun to receive the recognition that is his due.
Born in Montreal in 1928, Jérôme studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1945 to 1952. He was one of the four signatories of the Plasticien Manifesto in 1955. In this short document, Jérôme, in company with Québécois artists Jauran (Rodolphe de Repentigny), Fernand Toupin and Louis Belzile, underlined the importance of formal elements in geometric abstraction. In 1978, Jérôme was admitted to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his services to Canadian art.