Canadian, June 5, 1929–January 8, 1997
"Give me a blank sheet of paper and a pencil and I'm completely happy. A piece of paper is the most fascinating thing in the world; it's better than Brigitte Bardot." Normand Hudon

From the exhibition "Fine Art & Hockey: A Point of View", Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, 2016:

 

During the preparation of this exhibition, we happened upon Normand Hudon's work and recognizing his humour and sometimes sarcasm, we decided to find him a space in our line up.

 

Hudon distinguishes himself from the other artists in our exhibition in that in much of his his work has a distinctly political message. In his depictions of hockey and other typical scenes of francophone Quebec, Hudon uses popular imagery to draw in the viewer and allows humour to subvert the meaning of the picture to make a political statement. His seemingly whimsical and lighthearted scenes it would appear are intended provoke laughter at the state, the Church, judges, priests and politicians. In the above picture, The Famous 'Kid Line' of St-Fabien, Hudon depicts a priest, wide-eyed and mouth open, acting as the hockey coach in the church parish of St-Fabien, here Hudon demonstrates the farcical side of the powers that be and questions the church's role and influence in Quebec daily life.

 

His work in oil, which began in the 1970s, is politically significant in the Quebec context as an extension of the socio-critical and even scathing caricatures he created for various newspapers in the 50s and 60s, published in La Presse, Le Devoir and Cité Libre. Hudon is often hailed as one of Canada's most prominent caricaturist and recognised as having directly contributed to Quebec's Quiet Revolution.

 

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