Jean-Louis Emond
  Sculptor and painter

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Jean-Louis Emond (b.1957 in Montréal) lives and works in Montréal, Canada.  He holds a bachelor degree of Fine arts, specializing in metal sculpture, from the University of Québec in Montréal (1987). From 1993 to 2007, he was a teacher of sculpting at the School of Fine Arts Saidye Bronfman (Montréal), then head of the sculpture department at that school until its closure in 2007.

Since 1984, his work was shown in more than one hundred exhibitions in Québec, in Canada, in USA and in France. Recent solo exhibitions include Gros grain (Montréal , 2013) ; Bullfighting : lnner struggle (Calgary , 2012) ; 2D/3D, duo (Paris, 2012) , La chute des corps, Maison de la culture Rosemont- La Petite-Patrie (Montréal,2010); Ombre, lumière, transparence et Mouvement,  Abbaye de Fontmorigny ( France, 2010); Sculpting the Interior , The Weiss Gallery,(Calgary, 2009); Le Faune- Le corps du délit , Maison de la culture Mercier (Montréal, 2007-2008).

He participated to several events such as the 84th Salon International d'Art de Bourges,France, 2009 (honour guest); the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art in New York and Chicago, 2008-2009; a group exhibition at the Musée de la civilisation, Québec, 2007 and, another one at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, 2009.

His artwork is part of public collections in Québec and several private collections in Canada, USA and France.

Artist statement

I explore the potential of materials through my work: steel, stone, bronze and cement for sculpture; encaustic, oxidized steel, acrylic and charcoal for painting and drawing. I often cut steel pieces from industrial processes and metal objects which I transformed to give them a new meaning.  Sometimes, I use industrial technologies such as laser or water cutting to achieve the desired shapes, thus using the same techniques used to process the raw material to transform its by products into artwork.

I love working with metal, which by its strength and manageability, enable me to create two and three-dimensional airy and organic structures. I think of the deployment of artwork shapes in space as a « body » that would put its vitality and energy in relationship with its surrounding environment.

The human figure is my main theme. This figure is not static, but constantly in motion. Shadow, light, transparency and movement are part of my research, both in sculpture and painting. The two of them are in the same continuum, sometimes a painting takes over a research initiated by the sculpture and vice versa.