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Artist Fournier, Paul
Title Dance of the Red Sponge (ed. 48/50)
Accession # 000.73.233
Object Type print
Date 1999
Medium lithograph
Support paper
Dimensions H-53 W-71 cm
Description Paul Fournier's practice explores the mystery and innocence of the cosmic and spiritual world. In the 1970s, his affection with the third-generation abstract modernists influenced him to thin his paint and up the clarity of his color to gain a flamboyant impression, earning him the title of an "exotic modernist". Greatly inspired by coastal geological formations seen on his many travels to Ireland, Scotland, and England, Fournier creates a new image by combining these influences with those from his native Canadian landscape.

Biographical Information:

Paul Fournier was born in Simcoe, Ontario in 1939, and spent his early years in Hamilton. In 1959, he moved to Toronto to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He studied etching as a guest artist under Professor George Wallace at McMaster University and has had major solo exhibitions in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Edmonton, Houston and Washington, D.C. His work was brought to international attention through the important exhibition - 14 Canadians: A Critic's Choice. Many of his paintings and graphics are included in major public collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Tate Museum, and in private collections in the United States, South America, and Europe. He currently resides and works in Toronto.