Armand Vaillancourt was born September 3, 1929 in Black Lake,
Quebec. In 1954 this brilliant metal sculpture and abstract print
maker was to put the art world on it's ear and make Montreal the hot-bed
of Social Activist Art.
Vaillancourt was studying at the Ecole des
beaux-arts in Montreal and attracted the public attention in
1954 with a two-year project that involved the sculpting
of a tree scheduled to be cut down on Durocher Street. Carved in front of passersby,
the work launched Vaillancourt's reputation as a social activist as much as
an innovative artist and blazed the trail for his future experiments
saws and fire for his wooden sculptures.
A commissioned work, refused upon completion
entitled Sculpture No. 1, took first prize at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Spring Exhibition in 1961.
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