JEAN NORMANDEAU Classy Abstracts

Jean Normandeau
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Abstract painter and sculptor Jean Normandeau, was born in 1940, in Montréal, Canada. 
He has been drawing and painting all his life and has worked more than 40 years in communications and advertizing. Normandeau initially did figurative landscapes and portraits; in the early 70’s, he was drawn to abstract after discovering the works of such masters as Poliakoff, Vasarely, de Staël, etc.

Over the past twenty years, he has also created numerous sculptures working mainly with wood, but on occasions with plastics, metals, etc. His favourite medium remains oil.

Normandeau lives and works in Sainte-Adèle, in the picturesque Laurentians, some 70 kilometers north of Montréal. His works can be found in private and corporate collections across Canada as well as in Europe.

Solo exhibitions:
• 1983 to 2003: Works exhibited permanently at S/A Communications, Pointe-Claire, Qc
• 2004 to 2009: Works exhibited in his studio
• 2009 – 2010: Laurentian Ski Museum, Saint-Sauveur, Qc
• 2010: Ski Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle, Qc
 Suite urbaine, l’Espace contemporain Art Gallery, Montréal, Qc
• 2010 – 2011: Ski Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle, Qc
• 2011: Danser le temps d’une couleur, Anthracite Gallery, Saint-Adèle, Qc
 Rythmique sur rouge, l’Espace contemporain Art Gallery, Montréal, Qc
• 2011 – 2012: Ski Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle, Qc
• 2012: Murmures d’immensité, Studio Bizz Mont-Royal, Montréal, Qc
 Dérives, Studio Bizz Mont-Royal, Montréal, Qc
• 2012 – 2013: Ski Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle, Qc
• 2013: Carpe Diem, Saint-Jérôme, Qc
 Le chaos de mes silences, L’Espace créatif Gallery, Montréal, Qc

Group exhibitions:
• 2010: Romancing Inner Passion, Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, On
 Impressions urbaines, l’Espace contemporain Art Gallery, Montréal, Qc

• 2011: Gestuelle et abstraction, l’Espace contemporain Art Gallery, Montréal, Qc
 Rouge, l’Espace contemporain Art Gallery, Montréal, Qc
 Carrés d’artistes, Anthracite Gallery, Saint-Adèle, Qc
 Salon international des Arts, Espace Chatelet Victoria, Paris, France
 Naturellement, l’Espace contemporain Art Gallery, Montréal, Qc

 Salon d’été, Cavalaire, France
 Résidence Sunrise, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc 41e
• 2013: Paint-Along, Classica Festival, Saint-Lambert, Qc
 Salon Arts 19, Paris, France
 Biennale d’Art et de Littérature du Caire, Cairo, Egypt

Jean Normandeau is represented:
In Europe, by Gallery France, Beynac et Cazenac, Dordogne
In Canada, by Gallery L’Espace créatif, Montréal, Qc 

Artistic Statement:

In his paintings, as well as in his sculptures, Jean Normandeau likes to relate to matter 
and colour as messengers of emotions. 
His first experiences in abstract were largely influenced by the works of some of the 
masters of the Paris School and Serge Poliakoff in particular. 
The contrasts he discovered he could achieve with very thick oils led him to soon 
abandon the brush in favour of larger knives and to use more rigid supports such as 
wood and masonite boards.

The almost static shapes of his early abstract paintings soon gave way to a multitude of 
large strokes of intertwined colours where white was often given preponderance. Freed 
of shapes or structure, he then undertook to paint his thoughts and his imaginary instead 
of reproducing or interpreting what the eye sees.

The dominant shapes of his works are the result of lines of colours that seem to move 
across the painting without any beginning or end, or sometimes appear to be suspended 
in space, or blend into the background, only to better disappear. 
Normandeau’s work is driven with the objective to appeal to the eye of the observer, to 
his conscious and even to his unconscious, with rythmic strokes of colours frozen in time 
and space, that become messengers of emotions, if only for an instant... the eternity of 

an instant.

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