François Beaudry
François Beaudry

Citizenship : Canadian

Lives and works in Montréal, QC, Canada.

 

EDUCATION

 

Art : Self-taught with the exception of 2 workshops in 1982 and 1983 under the

direction of Albert Handell in Woodstock, New York.

 

Other : Engineering degree, École Polytechnique de l’université de Montréal, 1969.

Diploma in Management, McGill University, 1978.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

1983 : Left the Engineering profession to become a painter.

 

1984 à 1994 : Participated in several group and individual exhibitions, among them:

-Four participation in the annual group exhibition of the "Pastel Society of America" held at

the "National Art Club" in New York. During these four years, because I won three prizes

with portraits, the PSA awarded me the title of “Master Pastellist.”

-Three solo exhibitions at the Dominion Gallery in Montréal.

 

From 1994 : Engaged in research aimed at attaining a power of expression from the union

between abstraction and figuration.

 

The research is founded on the opposing views of two key figures from

twentieth-century art history. The first, D. H. Kanhweiler, the defender of

Picasso, rejected abstraction as a means of artistic expression. His opponent,

W. Worringer, claimed that abstraction is the sine qua non condition to the development of a grand style,

the last manifestation of which would have been the Gothic style.

As a result of this research, an essay was completed.

The essay’s synopsis can be reached by clicking here.