Québec City, September 5, 2007 – Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec is pleased to announce that, as part of its mandate to circulate work by laureats of the Prix Paul-émile-Borduas, the exhibition Pharos by Maurice Savoie will be presented from September 9 to November 11 at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Ontario.
Pharos, which was presented for the first time at the Méduse cooperative in Québec City in the summer of 2006, will be shown for the entire fall season at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo. Curated by Lisanne Nadeau, the exhibition comprises a body of recent work by the ceramist-sculptor Maurice Savoie. The artist offers us the fruit of an imagination that is both learned and unfettered, transgression is revealed as pivotal to his production. Dreams, games and the pleasure of invented mythologies constitute the forces empowering these recent works, bearing witness to a skillful delinquency in the art of clay, whose laws he reinvents.
Orchestrated by Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, this national traveling exhibition of the work of Maurice Savoie is designed to introduce the work of the 2004 winner of the Prix Paul-émile-Borduas, the highest distinction awarded to an individual by the government of Quebec, underscoring outstanding career achievement in the field of visual arts, applied arts, architecture or design.
Portrait of the Artist
Maurice Savoie lives and works in Longueuil. His basic training at the école du meuble de Montréal and the école des beaux-arts de Montréal (1948-1951) was enriched by many internships abroad, particularly in Italy and France in the 1950s and 60s and, more recently, in 1989 at the école nationale d’art décoratif in Limoges. Maurice Savoie has devoted many years of his life to teaching, and trained several Québec ceramists. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Québec, Canada, the United States, France, Hungary, Italy and Norway. He has created several public artworks since the 1960s, including the Canadian Chancellery in Belgrade (1984), the Québec Pavilion of the Montréal World’s Fair (1967) and the McGill subway station in Montréal (1966). The 2004 recipient of the Prix Paul-émile-Borduas and the Saidye Bronfman Award, Maurice Savoie is also a member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1994). He received the Grand prix des métiers d’art du Québec in 1987 and in 2000. In 2003, the gallery Matéria and curator Lisanne Nadeau mounted a survey of his work, while the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Musée de Sherbrooke rendered homage to him in 2005.
For 14 years, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery has been fostering interaction between the local community and artists working in clay, glass and enamel. Exhibitions of national and international artists are presented. Activities open to the general public—such as conferences, master classes and daily demonstrations—link creative traditions and production techniques that are thousands of years old with today’s world.
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Opening: September 9, 2007 from 2 to 5 p.m.
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