Normand Hudon (Montreal, 1929-1997): caricaturist, painter, fantasist...

The exhibition features nearly one hundred works, (paintings, drawings, lithographs, serigraphs and gicles), some never printed before, as well as 50 copies of signed serigraphy of Maurice Richard. The preface to the book was written by none other than Gilles Proulx, a well-known radio and television host, in which he writes: "Hudon's imagery is part of our heritage. His creations are like the many chapters of a beautifully illustrated collection of our history."

Normand Hudon was all of 16 years old when he sold his first works to La Presse newspaper. Two years later, he graduated from the Montreal School of Fine Art. He then entered the Academy of Montmartre in Paris where he studied under the great artist Fernand Léger. It is in the City of Lights that he also met Picasso who showed him how to concentrate his lines to reinforce their meaning. He later encounters Matisse who in turn teaches him the joys of colour. Back in Montreal from Europe, Hudon dons yet another hat by performing on stage in a cabaret act where comedy and drawing united. Success came quickly, making him a star on the Montreal artistic scene. In the middle of the Sixties Hudon decided to devote his time to painting, and by the 1970’s, was exhibiting regularly in galleries throughout Quebec.

 

The book
Normand Hudon, painter or magician, Pierre St-Martin, Editor (in collaboration with Multi Art), 192 pages, 50$
Available in bookstores as of November 10, 2014
A deluxe edition of 150 specimens in genuine leather cover is available exclusively in gallery at the cost of 200$.

The exposition
At Le Balcon d’art gallery
650, Notre-Dame Av.
Saint-Lambert (Quebec) J4P 2L
Tel. 514.524.7348
www.balcondart.com(lien externe)

 

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