Marcel Barbeau

A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and Officer of the Order of Canada (1995), Mr. Barbeau was a founding member of Les Automatistes, a catalytic group of Québecois artists credited with literally revolutionizing the art scene in that province in the mid-1940s . Along with Paul-Emile Borduas, Jean Paul Riopelle, Pierre Gauvreau, Marcelle Ferron and others, he was a signatory to the ground breaking cultural manifesto Refus Global. Marcel Barbeau has been included in every major exhibition featuring the Automatistes since the 1940s. In 2013, his work Nadja (1946) was included in the exhibition Art in War, France 1938-1947, from Picasso to Dubuffet at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Mr. Barbaeu has lived and worked in Canada, Europe and the United States and was part of the Abstract Expressionist, Op, Minimalist and Kinetic art movements. His work can be found in private and public collections around the world; in Canada his works figure in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Glenbow Museum, Montréal Contemporary Art Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, to name a few. In 2013 he was awarded a Governor General of Canada Award in Media and Visual Arts; the Prix Louis-Philipe-Hébert, bestowed the by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal; and the Prix Borduas, the Quebec government award in the visual arts.