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Alain Bédard

Inspired by Colour

Delight in Dicovery

igurative painter born in Québec City, Alain Bédard began studying art at the Sainte-Foy College in 1976, where he learned graphic arts techniques for three years. In 1979, he left home for New York City where he hoped to improve his techniques. This voyage evidently had a profound impact on the young artist. “I took advantage of the opportunity to discover great museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts which housed works by Dali and Picasso. It opened up a whole new world for me and allowed me to better connect with art, to see what was being done. Dali was still alive when I went to New York. He is one of the painters who greatly inspired me. I painted a number of surrealistic works at the time. But, when I came back to Québec, I became aware that the public was not quite ready to accept this particular artistic style,” reflects the painter.

From 1980 to 1984, the young artist undertakes graphic com-munications studies at Québec’s Laval University. He is fortunate to have renowned artist Claude A. Simard as one of his illustration and graphic design teachers. He obtains his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design three years later and works as graphic designer and illustrator for a number of large advertising firms in Québec. A year later, in 1985, he opens his own graphic design office and participates in several advertising campaigns in Québec until 1992.

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By Maxime Rioux

André Bédardʼs paintings scan be found in the following galleries
West End Gallery, 1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC
Koyman Galleries, 1771 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON
Towne Square Gallery, 94 George Street, Downtown Oakville, ON
Westmount Gallery, 88 Advance Road, Toronto, ON
Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK
Chase Art Gallery, 450 Beaconsfield blvd, Beaconsfield, QC

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