Armand Vaillancourt is a colourful personality and a living legend who remains an
innovator in both technique and aesthetic. Over the course of his long career, he
has always given free rein to his profound, dazzling energy and inexhaustible creativity.
Now considered a pioneer in Quebec’s artistic affirmation, he has been shattering
standards of conformity since the early 1950s. Exploring techniques and materials
like no other artist, he has opened the way to modernity.
His first work of art, L’arbre de la rue Durocher (The Tree on Durocher
Street), was sculpted for almost two years from a near-dead tree, sparking the interest
of passers-by. A powerful symbol of art in nature, the piece was transported years
later to Quebec’s National Museum of Fine-Arts where it is still venerated.
Vaillancourt then created numerous other public works of art in many parts of the
world such as the remarkable fountain-sculpture Je me souviens (1969),
in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Plaza and Justice! (1983), made for
Quebec’s City’s courthouse.
Fiercely engaged in social, cultural and environmental issues, he uses his art as
a weapon, a tool for protest and raising consciousness.
Armand Vaillancourt was born in Black Lake, Quebec, on September 3, 1929, and studied
at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1951-1955). His works can
be found throughout Canada and the U.S. and in the finest public, private and museum
collections. He has received a number of distinctions, including the prestigious
Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 1993. In 2004, he was given the title of Chevalier
of the Ordre national du Québec.
Vaillancourt’s La révolution du cœur is part of the
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s permanent collection.
It is available for purchase as a limited edition silkscreen print at the Galerie