Yves Trudeau


Untitled / Forma viva 1964

steel / 520 x 150 x 155 cm / Fire brigade headquarters, Ravne
The emphatically vertical structure, composed of irregular, smoothly cut steel plates, triggers numerous associations, including figurative ones. In its role as a veduta-like emphasis by the main road in the area, its expression is totally subordinate to the picturesque contours that keep changing in front of the gaze circling slowly around the sculpture. The light structure with its cut-out openings denies the tectonic solidness and all but floats in the air above its pedestal.

Yves Trudeau was born on 3 December, 1930, in Montreal, Canada. He started drawing and modelling very early on. When he was fourteen, he started learning the skills of pottery in master Adrien Vilandré’s ceramic workshop. After finishing high school, he attended the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux Arts) in Montreal. He went on to study ceramics under the supervision of Gaëtano Beaudin in North Halley in Quebec. In 1960, he was the initiator and founder, and later on long-time president, of the Quebec Sculpture Association (Association des sculpteurs du Québec, now Conseil de la sculpture du Québec). He has received several national awards for his work. He was a professor of sculpture at Le Camp des Arts des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and a professor in the department of fine arts at the University of Quebec (UQAM) in Montreal. He is one of the most prominent sculptors in Canada; he has created a number of important public sculptures and has held exhibitions in Europe and in Canada. His works are on display in several museums in Canada. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a member of L'Ordre du Canada. He lives and works in Montreal.

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