After attending the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and the École des arts appliqués, André Turpin headed to Paris in 1966-1967 to complete his training at the Académie Julian. Alongside Robert Champagne, he immediately began experimenting in ceramics upon his return, and he has only continued making waves both in Canada and in Europe since his earliest exhibitions in the 1960s. As illustrated in Vers la lumière (“towards the light”), commissioned for an alumni gathering by the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Turpin’s work explores profoundly human themes: the sculpture portrays a blind person and was completed to commemorate the institute’s 125 years of providing education to visually impaired students in Canada.