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Sherbrooke Fine Art Museum: Roland Poulin. Sculptures et dessins

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--May 22, 2015.

larger_poulin.jpgWorking in geometric abstractions and creating monumental sculptures for more than thirty years, Roland Poulin now presents a number of recent works at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, the majority of which have not been shown before. Profiting from the natural light of the Grand Hall, these pieces will reveal the intrinsic beauty of metallic materials. Visitors will also be able to see models and preparatory drawings which bear witness to the artistic development of this important sculptor, whose work is shown in the principal art museums of Québec and elsewhere in Canada.

Roland Poulin pays particular attention to the surfaces of the materials he uses, where markings accumulate, and where the sculptor leaves traces of his contact with the pieces. His materials, forms, surfaces, textures and colours attract the light. He exhibits great simplicity in the use he makes of rough materials, certainly -- but his works remain unobtrusively figurative and highly symbolic. His dramatic sculptures of dark colours and uneven form are surprising, unpredictable, and cannot be fully taken in at a single viewing. Just as abandoned architectural elements remain fixed in time, these works with their somber beauty suggest a strange presence.

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 17 April 1940, and having moved with his family to Montréal in 1944, Roland Poulin now lives and works in Ste-Angèle-de-Monnoir in the Monterégie region. He studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal frjom 1964 to 1969, and has taught at Université Laval in 1973 and 1981, as well as in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa from the end of the 1980s until 2005. The artist has been awarded such prestigious prizes as the Prix Ozias-Leduc of the Emile Nelligan Foundation, in 1992, the Prix Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton of the Canada Arts Council in 1996, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas of the Government of Québec in 2001, and the Governor-General’s Prize in Visual Arts for 2005.

The exhibition Roland Poulin. Sculptures et dessins presents: a sculpture of spectacular dimensions entitled Ultime dialogue; preparatory studies for large-format sculptural works, in brass, steel and glass; a series of seven drawings entitles Stratification.

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