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Paul Bureau  Bio  ·  

My fascination with intense colour and a methodical overlay of paint on surface has developed over many years. My paintings explore and incorporate the building up of layers of paint: overlapping and forming patterns creating different pictorial planes. I address the whole world of sense, the materiality of paint and its expression across the surface of the canvas. I want people to experience the physicality of each work. Paint that generously spills over onto the edges of the canvas as well as the smeared layers of impasto on the surface.

My paintings evoke the medium of oil paint as both form and content as in the 'plasticien' tradition. It is a chromatic exploration of fractures or ruptures in colour and pictorial planes.

Varied evocations are created on the canvases as coats of oil paint are slowly applied and built up in different degrees. The oil paintings spread across the surface in a series of striated ribbons or passages. These painted movements are broken down to chromatic rhythmic fields within the striated bands of oil paint. They are assembled to produce a pictorial vocabulary that explores the exhilarating power of colour and oil paint., The lines from my repeated movements of paint on canvas are often lucent and viscous producing bold, tactile systems of contrasting colours. Colours merge to form organic pulsations within the painting's surface. The paint oozing from the edges of each band exposing the undercoats. Ultimately these layered bands of colour will begin to move, creating rhythms and fractures within the oscillating eye. These flirtations of colour are luminous, rich in oil paint and create optically vibrant relationships upon the canvas. My work explores the radiant encounter of physical matter, light and perception.

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Paul Bureau lives and works in Montreal. He has exhibited widely in Quebec and Ontario and France. Recently he has shown at Art Mandat and Galerie Le Garage in France. In 2007 he presented ‘Terrena’ at Galerie d’art l’Union-Vie du centre culturel de Drummondville and in the exhibition L’Abstraction au Québec: Hier et Aujourd’hui curated by Joyce Millar at Stewart Hall. He showed at Sable-Castelli Gallery in Toronto. His paintings are in many important private and corporate collections including: Royal Bank of Canada, National Bank of Canada, Lise Watier Cosmetics, Aon, Conseil des arts du Canada, Loto-Quebec, Trust General du Canada Computershare et Lavery de Billy. There have been numerous reviews on his work in the Canadian Art, Vie des Arts, Le Devoir, and the Globe and Mail.

1985 Masters in Fine Arts, Painting, Concordia University, Montréal
1983 Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, Major Painting, Concordia University, Montréal

Solo Exhibitions
2010 One on One, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec
2008 New Cut, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec
        Convergence, Galerie Le Garage, Lorges, France
        Peintures Séram-Lumières, Galerie Les Perles, Barjols, France
2007 ʻsur papierʼ Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec
        Terrena, Union-Vie Gallery, Cultural Center Drummondville, Québec
2006 Passages, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal
2006 Magnetize, Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Key West
2003 Turbulences, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal
2002 Surfaces, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal
2000 Fusion, Thérèse Dion Art Contemporain, Montréal
1998 Florilege, Atelier 410, Montréal
1996 Les Efflorescences V, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montréal
1989 Chronique dʼun jardin secret, Centre culturel du Canada, Paris

Group Exhibitions
2011 Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2010 Art Toronto, Toronto
2009 Barjol/Montréal, Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles
        Présenter - Représenter, curated by Francois Belu, SODAC Longueuil, Québec
        Lʼoeuvre et la manière, Espace Création Loto-Québec
        Next Art Fair, Chicago
        Art Toronto, Toronto
2008 Blood Sweat and Tears, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal
        Ceramica de Artistas, Taller Escuela Ceramica de Muel, Diputacion Provincial de Zaragoza,
        Art Toronto, Toronto
2007 Abstraction in Quebec, Galerie dʼart Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire, Québec
        Quebec Fresh Avant Garde, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto
        Art Toronto, Toronto
2006 OEuvre de la collection Collectart, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
2005 Toronto International Art Fair, Convention Centre, Toronto
        Chromophilie, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal
2004 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto
2003 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto
        Montreal, Sable-Castelli, Toronto
        Le Salon du Printemps de Montréal, Delta Montréal, Montréal
2002 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto
2001 Couleurs et Formes, Galerie Art-Mûr, Montréal
1999 Passart, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
1995 Arts Sutton, Sutton, Québec
1994 Galerie Patrick Gaultier, Quimper, France
        39 ième Salon de Montrouge, France
1991 Galerie Le Sous-Sol, Paris
1990 Grand et jeunes dʼaujourdʼhui, Paris
        Lʼart pour la vie, Paris Entrée libre à lʼart contemporain, Montréal
1988 33 ième Salon de Montrouge, France
1989 Lʼart pour la vie, Paris
1984 Galerie Daniel Beauschesne, Montréal
        Pavillon Mont-Royal, Université de Montréal
        Échange Concordia/UQAM, Montréal
        Échange Vancouver/Toronto, Université de Montréal

2008 Bourse de perfectionnement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2003 Bourse A, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
1995 B Grant, Canada Council
1995 Prix Gutenberg pour la Bibliothèque Centrale de prêt de lʼEstrie
1985 Concordia Fellowship Assistantship, Université Concordia, Montréal
1983 Concordia Fellowship Assistantship, Université Concordia, Montréal

2010 Bill Clark, «One on One» : Magenta Magazine, Fall 2010, Volume 1. #4
        John Bentley Mays, « Extreme Painting : Brushes with Greatness », Canadian Art, Summer
        James D. Campbell, The Secret Life of Painting : Paul Bureauʼs Somatic Abstracts - catalogue
2008 Abstractʼs Magazine, « Paul Bureau », #4 August, (p.4-6).
        Blood Sweat and Tears, Canadian Art, Montréal Mirror, Ici Magazine
2007 René Viau, Le Devoir, ʻsur papierʼ, March 31st
2006 Skene, Cameron, « Driven to abstraction », Montreal Gazette, May 27th
2005 Lamarche, Bernard, « Des généalogies qui parlent », Le Devoir, April 16-17th.
2004 Lanctôt, Mark, « Paul Bureau », Canadian Art, Summer.
        Latendresse, Sylvain, « Rythmique plastique », Vie des Arts, no 194.
2003 « Urban Mode », Now Magazine, June 19-25th.
         Dault, Gary Michael, « Montreal at Sable-Castelli », The Globe and Mail, July 12th.
        Enright, Robert, « French Fusion Legion », Border Crossings, February.
2002 Latendresse, Sylvain, « Sui Generis », ETC Montréal, September.
1997 Catchlove, Lucinda, « Raw Blooms », Hour, January 9th.

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