Artist painter and sculptor from Quebec of the Plasticien group, Louis Belzile was born in Rimouski in 1929. Between 1940 and 1948 he studied at the Séminaire de Rimouski and later he studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. In 1953 and 1954 he took lessons at the André Lothe workshop in Paris. In 1958, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montreal. In 1960-1961, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal.
"Louis Belzile belongs with Fernand Toupin, Jauran (Rodolphe de Repentigny) and Jean-Paul Jérôme to the initial movement of Plasticien who, in 1955, on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal, launched the Manifeste des Plasticiens. At the time (and it is true since the early 1940s), Quebec and Canadian painting lived a great creative effervescence, where abstraction claimed to be the language of pictorial revival. The debates are many between advocates of figuration and abstraction, as those between supporters of either of the two schools of thought. It is in this electrifying context that Louis Belzile affirms himself as a painter of modernity. His painting keep of his plasticien past all the rigor of the composition. Over the years, his language is enriched by a gestural flexibility which built the light through an evocative fantasy of his inner world."
The contemporary artist Louis Belzile stated: "There is in my painting a sort of sympathy between the sun, the sea, the sunset and my inner universe. I love the brilliant light of the Lower St-Lawrence area, and I have a strange notion of time and space, space in movement, time at rest. I feel like a soul worshiper of the sun. " Since the 1980s, Louis Belzile composes his paintings around somber masses, more or less important (darkness and matter) and dazzling light. Over the years, his language is enriched by a gestural flexibility which built the light through an evocative fantasy of his inner world.
The Quebec artist painter’s works are found in many public and private collections. His paintings are exhibited in major museums in Quebec and Canada.
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