"When you're out in the cold, you learn to paint very fast." Lorne Bouchard

Lorne Holland Bouchard was born in Montréal on March 19, 1913. He was a highly talented artist who lived the greater part of his mature career in Montreal and enjoyed an extensive and successful artistic career, first as a designer and illustrator and then exhibiting his paintings in fine art galleries as well as with the Art Association of Montreal and the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

 

Bouchard began drawing at age seven in Douglastown, Gaspé. He studied drawing under Wilfred M. Barnes, R.C.A. and also at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal from 1928 ­to 1930. From the spring of 1935, he worked in Drummondville for four years as a label designer and Assistant Art Director at the Dennison Manufacturing Company of Canada and subsequently worked as an illustrator for 3 years in Montreal with Bomac Ltd. He travelled extensively in Canada including Baffin Island and along the MacKenzie River. His favorite painting places were Laurentide Park and other regions of Quebec.


Lorne Bouchard had his first of eleven solo exhibitions with the Walter Klinkhoff Gallery in 1960, and had previously had four solo exhibitions at Montreal's Continental Gallery. He was featured in a two­-man show at Gallery 12 and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with Kittie Bruneau, and in a four-man show at the London, Ontario Museum with Albert Cloutier, R.C.A., Alan Collier, R.C.A. and William Roberts. After Lorne's death, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff also hosted a tribute retrospective exhibition in 1981.

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