Les Mouches de Riopelle and other prints. New acquisitions.

2009-01-12, from Member
Sherbrooke. Monday, 12 January 2009. In the course of the past year, the collection of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke has been greatly enriched by generous donations of works on paper. Among these are a group of 60 lithographs and etchings by Jean-Paul Riopelle, of which about half have been selected for this opening exhibition of 2009: Les mouches de Riopelle and Other Prints. The three series of Riopelle’s prints, Les Mouches à Marier, Autres Mouches, and Auprès de mon lac, were created to honour M. Marier, the artist’s neighbour, who was a creator of flies – for fly fishing! Also included in this exhibition are engravings by Stanley Lewis and René Derouin, as well as a number of pages from the boxed set of photogravures, Humument (A Human Document), by the artist Tom Phillips. Four different approaches to print-making are at the heart of this exhibition, in which the artists have succeeded in turning a process of reproduction into a process of creation.

The exhibition Les mouches de Riopelle and other prints. New acquisitions is shown at the Musée from 10 January to 15 March 2009. The opening vernissage will be held on Saturday 31 January, at 5 p.m.

Jean-Paul Riopelle : the series Auprès de mon lac, Autres mouches, Les mouches à Marier and a few individual prints.

Born in Montreal in 1923, Jean-Paul Riopelle entered l’École du meuble in 1943, where Paul-Émile Borduas was his drawing teacher. Riopelle moved to France in the late 1940s. Success came rapidly, especially as his best known works began to emerge in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, Riopelle began experimenting with new techniques: collage, lithography, pastels. He also came back to sculpture, evolving a more figurative style. A frequent traveller, he came back regularly to his native province and began to develope a passion for the Canadian North. In 1991, he returned permanently from Paris and died at l’Île-aux-Grues, in March 2002.

René Derouin : the series Migration and Toubête, the Mexico triptych and a few individual prints.

From his home in Val David, René Derouin’s influence spread throughout the Americas. A long interior journey led him to extend his roots from north to south, from the mother-earth to the ocean’s depths. Continually maintaining a fragile equilibrium between the permanent and the ephemeral, René Derouin came to create an artistic corpus of which the universal scope and durability are assured for the future. Key elements at the core of his work are: identity, migration, combination. In 1998, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec awarded him the Bourse de la carrière, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary accorded him a retrospective exhibition which was subsequently also shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 1999, René Derouin received the Prix Paul-Emile-Borduas for his life’s work, and the Mexican Palace of Fine Arts medal for his contribution to cultural exchanges. In 2006, he was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the most important recognition given by the Mexican government to a foreign citizen. René Derouin was the first Canadian to be so honoured.

Stanley Lewis : the series Man and Air Pollution.

Stanley Lewis (Montreal, 1930-2006) : was a sculptor, a printmaker, a teacher and a photographer. Mr. Lewis was regarded by many as a national treasure in the contemporary art world. During his 56-year international career he created "poetry in stone," and his prolific body of work is an enormous contribution to art and Canadian culture. As a teacher and mentor, his generosity, energetic personality and wealth of knowledge inspired several generations of artists. Mr. Lewis was born in Montreal and studied art under Dr. Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven, sculpture with the last marble maestro V. Gambaccianni in Florence, and at the Instituto Allende in Mexico. Mr. Lewis's search for an identity in Canadian art led to his interest in the Inuit and he undertook six winter excursions to the Arctic to develop stone-cut printmaking. With his innovative technique he became the "pioneer in colour stone cut prints" according to the dictionary of Canadian artists. He also revived the ancient art of large scale etching on stone. Anyone who has seen Stanley Lewis's art knows it speaks to the human spirit with profound empathy.

Tom Phillips : A Humument (A Human Document)

Tom Phillips was born in London in 1937. He attended St Catherine’s College, Oxford in 1957, where he read English and at the same time studied drawing at the Ruskin School. In 1961 he went to Camberwell School of Art where his chief source of inspiration was Frank Auerbach. He went on to teach at Bath Academy of Art, Ipswich and Wolverhampton Art College between 1965 and 1972. Phillips’s first solo show was in 1965 at the Artists International Association Gallery in London, followed by an exhibition at the Angela Flowers Gallery in 1970. He won first prize at The John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1969 and subsequently went on to show his work in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. Phillips was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to the Arts in the 2002 Birthday Honours list. Tom Phillips is also known as a writer and a composer. Much of his music (including the opera Irma) has been broadcast and is available on CD. In recent years he has designed for the stage, including productions of The Magic Flute for Opera Holland Park and Otello for the Eglish National Opera. He is currently working with composer Tarik O Regan on a chamber opera of Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is located downtown, at 241 Dufferin Street. Visitors are welcomed from Tuesday to Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. Entrance fees : adult, $ 7,50; senior, $6; student, $5. Guided tours in English and group tours are available anytime upon reservation. Guided tour in French: every Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Source:
Lise Boyer,
Communications
819 821-2115
www.mbas.qc.ca 
lboyer@mbas.qc.ca

 
 

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