Jean-Marie Delavalle studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1961 to 1965, graduating with degrees in sculpture and art education. He participated in the 7th Biennale de Paris in 1971 and has taken part in major exhibitions at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée Rodin in Paris. Among his outdoor pieces are sculptures at the Belœil post office and the Parc national du Mont Saint-Bruno; China Wall, a piece he created for the 1988 Symposium de Lachine, can now be found at the Musée plein air de Lachine. Though primarily devoted to steel sculpture, Delavalle is also a photographer, painter and videographer. He has remained committed to abstract art throughout his career, challenging the perception of colour, light and reflections in his work.
Jean-Marie Delavalle, China Wall, 1988. Acier brut. 182 x 243 x 609 cm. Photo : Alexandre Nunes.