In 1994, Galerie Simon Blais presented an exhibition—Abstraction in Montréal: 1950–1970—that would bring the art of Jean-Paul Jérôme to the attention of the general public. Works produced by the artist between 1969 and 1970 featuring thickly applied swirls of coloured ink made up part of that show. Now, more than 20-odd years later, the Gallery is delighted to mount an exhibition that will present over ten of such works in ink on paper.
Jean-Paul Jérôme, along with Rodolphe de Repentigny (Jauran), Louis Belzile and Fernand Toupin, was one of the signatories of the 1955 Manifeste des Plasticiens. In Paris, where he lived from 1956 to 1958, he became friendly with the artists Alberto Giacometti, Victor Vasarely, and Hans Hartung.