Painter, sculptor, architectural colorist, stage designer and environmental designer Jean-Paul Mousseau was born in Montreal on January 1, 1927 and died there on February 7, 1991. Initiated to painting by Brother Jérôme in the early 40's, he was admitted to the Contemporary Arts Society in 1944 and the following year, at École du meuble de Montréal where he studied with Paul-Émile Borduas. Embracing his teacher's philosophy, he then joined his group, later called the Automatists. In 1946, he participated in their first exhibition and co-signed the Refus global (Total Refusal) in 1948. That same year, after having taken part in several other events, in Paris and in Prague namely, he presented his first solo exhibition with hand-painted fabrics and a second one, with gouaches. Jean-Paul Mousseau's work is characterized by a constant search for light. To do so, he experimented with various supports like translucent plastic panels and explored new materials such as fiberglass and colored resin. This relentless quest together with a will to integrate art into architecture and social environment led him to create sculptures and murals. The most famous ones are: Hydro-Québec Head Office, Montreal metro (Peel, Viau, Honoré-Beaugrand and Square Victoria stations), collège Notre-Dame and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. A multidisciplinary artist, Jean-Paul Mousseau designed decors, costumes, lighting, night clubs, and stages for shows and plays. Among his numerous exhibitions, it is worth noting Recent Quebec Painters, an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery which ran in western Canada and the western United States from 1951 to 1952. His artworks are part of the most prestigious museum collections and they can be admired in many public places.
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