Frère Jérôme (Joseph Ulric-Aimé Paradis)

Canadian artist

Frère Jérôme (Joseph Ulric-Aimé Paradis)

Born in Charlesbourg, Quebec on August 2, 1902, Joseph-Ulric Aimé-Jérôme studied at Saint-Césaire College. He continued his formation at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1935 before teaching for many years at Notre-Dame College.

If he begins to paint in his twenties, it is when he met a few of the avant-garde artists such as Fernand Leduc and Jean-Paul Mousseau that he directs his approach towards abstraction. In 1941, Brother Jérôme met Paul-Émile Borduas, the principal author of the Manifeste Refus global, with whom he shared his passion for freedom, expression and spontaneity in artistic creation. The exchanges between these two artists will be decisive for the rest of his career as a painter and teacher.

From 1950 to the end of his career, he explored geometric abstraction, automatism and kinetic art. Through an individual spiritual quest, he marks a connection between abstract art and the divine in his creations. The painter's personal life, his faith and his art are thus closely linked. This coherent and inherent reality of his work gives him a bold character.

The evolution of her artistic process testifies to his sensitivity to ideological transformations in the arts sphere in Quebec. His students include Jean-Paul Riopelle and Armand Vaillancourt.


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