Training and career
Trained in the prevailing art practices of the late 1960s at Université de Montréal, the artist perfected his technique at the École des Grands Maîtres in Paris from 1960 to 1964. He then extended his esthetical perceptions in an English environment at John Cass College in London and Central Washington University in 1967 and 1968, where he earned a masters degree in plastic arts with a major in sculpture. In the 1980s, he continued his training at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Finally, in 1989, he completed an extended internship in Sculptural Art in Bristol, England.
A sculptor, painter and educator, Jean-Marie Laberge is blessed with boundless inspiration. He has constantly honed his esthetic judgment throughout his career, leaving nothing to random chance in his work. Through careful compositions, the artist has achieved a maturity that secures him an enviable place in the Quebec art world. His monumental sculptures, most installed in the Saguenay region, are the crowning glory of a huge body of smaller works shown in many exhibitions around the world.
His work and his art
Jean-Marie Laberge's work owes its originality to his inexhaustible imagination served by
impeccable design technique. A child's head vaguely covered by a headscarf, a person slightly bent over, a bird sailing just above the ground all provide in their banal vision the essential stimuli that allow the artist not only to penetrate the mysteries of nature, but also to discover the archetypes that exert an admirable fascination over the viewer's subconscious.
Jean-Marie Laberge's sculptures are a type of primitive expression broadly covered in space. The central motif is always clearly stated, but remains evanescent in its details. A mouth or eyes are especially noticeable when conjured through reduction to pure suggestion. His work stands in testimony to the interrogation that has survived bouts with the pure abstraction of recent decades. It has benefited greatly, as true visual poetry is always drawn from realism, no matter how distorted by hallucination.
At La Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur