About Study #1 for Retrospective Suite "Florida Mirror"
Paul Fournier’s imaginative abstract paintings are often Inspired by the lyrical form and vivid colours of nature. This composition is rendered in the bright joyful colours of a Florida landscape—blues, yellows, pinks, purples and orange framed by a contrasting black border.
“A mirror reflecting an open window doubles the image…complicating things. This was the Florida Mirror Series. It influenced what I did for the next five years.”
He was born during the Great Depression in Simcoe, Ontario. He first studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1959 and went on to study printmaking at McMaster University in Hamilton in 1967. Fournier also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in 1996 where he’d also been the artist in residence. Inspired by the Fauvist colours of Matisse, Fournier became a member of a group of artists in Toronto who were mentored by Jack Bush and together explored modernist expressionism. During a career that spans six decades, Fournier has had solo exhibitions in several Canadian cities and in the U.S. His work is held in private collections in North and South America, and Europe. Public collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington.