Jean-Paul Jérôme was born in Montreal on February 19,
1928 and attended the Montreal School of Fine Arts from 1945 to 1952 where he
studied the art and technique of fresco painting under the direction of Stanley
Cosgrove. Then he dedicated himself to
landscapes and still lives, mostly after the cubist way, in as early as 1953,
he shifted towards abstract painting, letting large swaths of evenly brushed
paint drift on his canvas. In 1955,
along with three painters of his friends Rodolphe de Repentigny, Louis Belzile
and Fernand Toupin, he founded the Plasticien Movement who published their
Manifesto in February of the same year, the guidelines of which, were based on
the belief of Cézanne’s and Mondrian’s. From
1956 to 1958, he lived in Paris, where he met Giacometti and Vasarelly and
shared with René Mortensen a common passion for achieving a perfect harmony
between shapes and colours. After he returned to Canada in 1958, he was
admitted as a teacher by the Montreal School of Fines Arts. In 1973, he quit teaching and devoted himself
entirely to his art, following a creative urge that compelled him to house his
studio in the south shore countryside of the St- Laurence river, in St-Ours sur
le Richelieu, St-Laurent du Fleuve, St-Roch and Varennes, among others. In 1978, the Royal Canadian Arts Academy
honoured him by admitting him as a member, in recognition of his outstanding
contribution to the arts. Jean-Paul Jérôme had over a hundred exhibitions,
either solo or collective, to his credit, in galleries and museums throughout
the country. His works are also included into numerous Canadian private and
public collections. In 2003, the Musée du Bas Saint-Laurent paid him a warm
tribute as they displayed a retrospective exhibition of his paintings which was
also shown throughout Canada. In 2005,
the Musée des Beaux Arts de Sherbrooke devoted an outstanding retrospective to
the Plasticiens, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their Manifesto, thus
bringing out the main stages of Jean-Paul Jérôme’s works. But he could not
attend this celebration since he died in his seventy-sixth year, on August 14,
Acrylic on Canvas Laid on Board
24" x 24"
Acrylic on Wood
16.875" x 19.25"
Déplacement du jour -un-
Acrylic on Cardboard and Marker
12" x 6.875"
Au soir du village
Acrylic on Canvas
12" x 16"
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
8" x 10"