May 21 to September 2, 2013
His work is unhesitatingly modern but with a nod to primitive art from diverse sources. Pierre-Léon Tétreault travels to every corner of the globe, blurring boundaries and illustrating cultural traditions from a not so distant past. From a multicultural mix of Asia, Africa and Amerindian, springs art that celebrates the common history that binds them.
The explosions of vibrant, repetitive colors are exotic and fascinating to the viewer. If Tétreault had been born a century earlier, he would surely have been a shamanistic painter! This exhibition, the first since he lived in Costa Rica, earns a choice place among a monumental mosaic of 49 artworks that pay hommage to Matisse and Riopelle. More than 70 pieces – the majority on paper, including wood cuts, silkscreens, lithographs, mixed techniques on Arches (air-dried) and handmade papers – are on display.
Pierre-Léon Tétreault’s artistic journey continues this fall with a new selection of works at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke (Fine Arts Museum), at the gallery of the Magog Theatre and the Jean-Claude Bergeron Gallery in Ottawa.