LACROIX, Paul (1929-2014)

Paul Lacroix, Le petit poucet, 1990. Troncs d’arbre, granite noir, pierre, acrylique. Photo : Daniel Roussel, avec l’aimable autorisation de la Galerie Trois Points.

Paul Lacroix studied at the École des beaux-arts de Québec and at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, where he was a student of Alfred Pellan. After traveling to Paris and Italy in 1954, he taught first at the École des beaux-arts de Québec, then for several decades at the School of Visual Arts at Université Laval. During the 1970s and 1980s, in addition to abstractions, Lacroix favoured landscapes and particularly partial representations of the human body in sculpture installations: these were created using rocks and wood to depict varying forms of feet, sexual organs and torsos. His work evokes classical and archaic art, referring to ancient mythology while also recalling contemporary concerns over the cult of the body. In 1999, the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec presented a retrospective of Lacroix’s work entitled Œuvres sur papier 1976-1998. In 2001, he received the Prix Reconnaissance Videre en arts visuels awarded by the Ville de Québec. He produced several significant exhibitions such as Paul Lacroix. De pied en cap at the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent in 2001 and Paul Lacroix. Expositions dessins/photographies at the Expression, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe in 2005.

SEE:
« Oeuvres récentes de Paul Lacroix » by Lisanne Nadeau, ESPACE, vol. 7 #3, p. 44.
« Espaces différenciés » by Nycole Paquin, ESPACE #26, p. 24.
« Le retour de la licorne : Quand la nature représente l’artiste » by Jacqueline Bouchard, ESPACE #22, p. 27.
« Art and Advertising: An Ambiguous Dialogical Relationship » by Claude-Maurice Gagnon, ESPACE #63, p. 6.

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