Pierre Bourgault received an MFA in visual arts from Université Laval and trained at a Florence arts academy in 1965-1966. In 1967, he founded the École de sculpture at Saint-Jean-Port-Joli where he taught until 1978. He has exhibited his work in many galleries and museums, including the Musée régional de Rimouski in 1994 and the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, with Gilles Vigneault and Helmut Lipsky, in the winter of 1995. He has also completed numerous projects for the integration of art into architecture and the environment program, notably at Ottawa’s Constitution Square, the National Capital Commission in Quebec City and the Saint-Jérôme courthouse. Bourgault’s monumental works are often related to sailing: the imposing wood structure of Baie Déception, for example, could have been viewed as the upside-down keel of a boat, but might also have been interpreted as a hunting blind or shelter. It was coated in an animal-fat-based household soap that served as much to turn the gallery from a place of culture to one of nature as to evoke the warm memory of a familiar product.
« Pierre Bourgault » by Lisanne Nadeau, ESPACE, vol. 5 #2, p. 14.
« Le programme du 1% : Une première décennie qui donne matière à fêter » by Clément Fontaine, ESPACE #17, p. 23.
« Pierre Bourgault et le souci de l’autre » by Jean Dumont, ESPACE #25, p. 49.
« Baie Déception : Allegory » by Pierre Bourgault, ESPACE #34, p. 13.
«Pierre Bourgault : D’Oswego à Blanc-Sablon. NNNEEESSSOOONN au 47e parallèle » by Alain-Martin Richard, ESPACE #67, p. 33.
« Expérience d’un territoire déterritorialisé » by Jean-Michel Ross, ESPACE #79, p. 42.
« Pierre Bourgault : vertige et migration / Pierre BOURGAULT, jenesaispasvraimentoujevaismaisjemenvais, Centre Clark, Montréal, 19 janvier – 24 février 2012 » de Serge Fisette, ESPACE #99, p. 36.