Canadian artist, Paul-Emile Borduas Award
Jacques Hurtubise was a Quebec artist born on February 28, 1939 in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for art from an early age and decided to pursue an artistic career. He began his artistic studies at the Montreal School of Fine Arts in 1956, where he was exposed to various artistic currents, including abstract art and expressionism. These influences had a significant impact on his future work.
In 1962, he presented his first solo exhibition at the Galerie du Siècle in Montreal. This exhibition attracted the attention of art critics and earned her initial recognition in the artistic community.
During these years, Jacques Hurtubise travelled in Europe and was influenced by the artistic movements in vogue, such as concrete art and kinetic art. He developed his abstract style by integrating geometric elements and optical effects in his paintings.
In the 1970s, he was a member of the group of artists Plasticians. This group, which included artists such as Guido Molinari, Claude Tousignant and Yves Gaucher, was associated with the knowledge of concrete and geometric art in Canada. Jacques Hurtubise has participated in several group exhibitions with the group and has contributed to the rise of geometric abstraction in Quebec.
In addition to painting, Hurtubise was also interested in other forms of artistic expression. He has worked on sculptures, prints and installations, exploring different textures and materials. His multidisciplinary approach has allowed him to broaden his artistic horizons and create diverse works.
Throughout his career, Jacques Hurtubise has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. His works have been presented in prestigious galleries and museums, receiving international recognition.
He also won several awards and distinctions, including the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2003, which recognized his exceptional contribution to Quebec art.
The artist passed away on December 27, 2014 at his residency in Nova Scotia, leaving behind a rich and influential artistic legacy. His work continues to be studied and appreciated by art lovers, and he is considered one of the great Quebec artists of the 20th century.
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