Jean-Louis Émond began his career as a self-taught painter before studying sculpture under the guidance of artist Yves Trudeau. He completed a BFA with a specialization in metal sculpture at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1987. From 1993 to 2007, he taught sculpture and became head of the sculpture department at the Saidye Bronfman Centre’s School of Fine Arts in Montreal. His solo exhibitions include Ombre, lumière, transparence et movement, held at the Abbaye de Fontmorigny in France (2010), and Le faune – Le corps du délit, held at the Maison de la culture Mercier (2007-2008) as part of the Montreal festival Les Saisons Nijinski. He has also participated in several international events, such as the 2008-2009 International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art in New York and Chicago and the 84th Salon International d’Art de Bourges (2009), where he was the guest of honour. Playing in particular upon the malleable solidity of metal, which enables the artist to produce airy, organic structures, Émond’s work revolves around the human form and explores movement, shadows, light and transparency.
« Émond : Donner corps à la matière » by Édouard Lachapelle, ESPACE, vol. 5 #1, p. 12.