Jean-Paul Jérôme

Canadian, Founding member of the "Plasticiens" A.R.C

Jean-Paul Jérôme

The artist Jean-Paul Jerome was born in Montreal in 1928. During his youth, his skn his aptitudes for drawing, so naturally he entered at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal at the age 18. For the next seven years that followed, he developed his talents as a painter but also as a fresco painter under the direction of Stanley Cosgrove. As he begins by painting figurative scenes, Jerome forsakes conventional for abstraction. Admirer of the Cubism movement, he starts focusing in 1953 his work and research on the geometry and shapes. In his quest for "absolute plastic control" Jérôme co-sign with three of his friends who are also painters (Jauran, Belzile and Toupin) the Manifeste des Plasticiens in 1955.

Through this manifesto, these Plasticiens express their perception of the painting. They works on the forms, colors, textures, line, but also their relationship to each other, to finally achieve "perfect shapes in perfect order." Continuing his own plastics research, he left Canada in 1956 for a stay in France which will last two years. Upon his return, he taught Fine Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal until 1973, when it will set up a large studio in the family home.

In 1978, he received the honors of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Jean-Paul Jerome died in August 2004 at the age of 76.

Manifeste des Plasticiens

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