JEAN-PAUL JEROME "PHOENIX" 1971
Jean-Paul Jérôme (1928-2004) was always a creative, attuned to the visual world and his senses. His appreciation for the arts brought him to the Montréal School of Fine Arts where he primarily studied fresco painting, however like many young people of the era, he quickly embraced abstraction and the avant-garde.
In 1955 Jérôme was a cofounder of the historical French-Canadian movement “Manifeste des Plasticiens” that elevated abstract art and aimed to share it with the masses.
However shortly after, he spent three formative years in Paris working with artists including Giacometti, Hans Hartung, and Vasarely. Today we can see traces of their influence in his works. Unlike his European colleagues, Jérôme was not exclusive to one abstract aesthetic. Throughout his career, he experimented with different materials, approaches, and styles; from futurism to abstract expressionism to hard-edge painting.
Jérôme made his first acrylic paintings on linen in the early 1970s. As seen in “Phoenix”, an impressive and grand canvas, he left slivers of negative space to expose the raw canvas. He would add black lines meandering through the composition like a network of rivers on a map. Click here to see other examples of Jérôme's work from this period.
While Jérôme is known as a pioneer of abstraction in Quebec, this painting is notable for its representational elements, as he depicts a heavily stylized geometric phoenix. This work offers a harmonious combination of boundless shapes, earth-toned colors, and abstraction.
During his lifetime, the artist produced over 5,000 works of art. Today his work is found in many public and private collections across the country and beyond.
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Oil on canvas
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right
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