Michel Pleau

Gallery : Le Bourget
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Birth : Born in Trois-Rivières in 1949.

Training : Michel Pleau grew up in an environment that favoured his development as an artist. His father was an established local painter and actively exposed Michel to the works of art history as well as teaching him painting techniques.
Direct contact with nature is Pleau’s greatest source of inspiration and joy. He applies colour with confidence and sculpts his landscapes in a meticulous manner. In his most recent work, the artist has forgone the use of a traditional paintbrush and instead prefers to work exclusively with a palette knife. The effect thereof is pieces which at once traditionally inspired but executed in a contemporary manner.

Medium : Oil.

Exhibition : Numerous exhibitions since 1974. Solo exhibitions have been presented yearly across Québec for the last 10 years. He also shows his work regularly in the United States, France and Spain.

Collections : Numerous private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. His work is now in the collections of the Supreme Court Of Canada and of La Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

Associations : Member of ‘‘Artistes Peintres Créateurs du Québec’’ (A.P.C.A.Q.) since 1988; member of the Institute Of Figurative Art (I.A.F.) since 1999.

Awards : 1st Prize, ‘‘Grand prix de la peinture canadienne’’, 1989; 3rd prize, ‘‘Grand prix de la peinture canadienne’’, 1987 ; Festival Cup, Provincial Contest, La Minerve Gallery, 1984-1985.

Media coverage : “Le Nouvelliste”, Trois-Rivières, 1979 and 1996; “Peinture, Sculpture et réalité québécoise’’ in La Palette, 1992; ‘‘106 Professionnels de la peinture’’ in La Palette, 1991; ‘‘Les artistes du Québec’’ by Irénée Lemieux, 1986; Community Television, Mauricie and Trois-Rivières, broadcasted between 1992 and 1994.

Bibliography : Magazin’art, Biennial Directory of Canadian Artists in Galleries from 1996 to present day; ‘‘Guide de Roussan’’ from 1999 to 2001; ‘‘Parcours, Art et art de vivre’’, August-September 2005 Edition, “Michel Pleau. S’approprier la nature’’ by Robert Bernier; pp 34-35; Magazin’art, Summer 2000, ‘‘Michel Pleau, Chef d’orchestre’’, pp. 53-56, Michel Pleau, Window On Nature , pp. 87-88.