Jean-Paul Jérôme (1928-2004)

Les archives vivantes
Les archives vivantes, 1986
acrylic on board, 12" × 20"
Zurick
Zurick, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 40" × 30"
Bruges
Bruges, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 16" × 16"
Verrière ivre
Verrière ivre, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 20" × 28"
Jasmin-Fleuri (Blooming Jasmin)
Jasmin-Fleuri (Blooming Jasmin), 1990
acrylic on canvas, 8" × 10"
Les premisses du printemps
Les premisses du printemps, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 30"
Doux soleil
Doux soleil, 1994
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
Les clochettes-deux
Les clochettes-deux, 1994
acrylic on canvas, 22" × 29"
Abstract Composition
Abstract Composition, 1973-4
acrylic on canvas, 8.5"x 4.75" per panel

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Jean-Paul Jérôme (1928-2004) – Artist Biography

Jean-Paul Jérôme was born in Montréal, Québec in 1928. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montréal from 1943 to 1950.

He was one of the four founding members of the Plasticien movement [c. 1955]. The Plasticiens marked a return to the European geometric abstraction - in direct opposition with the aesthetic of the Abstract Expressionists and an alternative to the Automatistes. They rejected the world's romantic idea and its expression of the self, for an ideal of perfection. Their principal interest concerned 'formal' ideas: tone; texture; form; lines; final unity which forms the painting; and the rapport between these elements. They favoured small formats both in the size of their canvases as well as in their internal formal subdivisions of colour. Piet Mondrian was an inspiration to the group and the ultimate reference for their geometric vision.

Jérôme stood out for his ability to relinquish the rigid grid. He let his larger-scale planes overrun his edges rather than accommodate them. For example, specifically in Untitled, 1955, the lateral rhythm of the composition overrides the usual centrality of the Plasticien image.

Jérôme is known for his paintings of force, rigour and energy.

— Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.