CORNWALL, Ontario - With a loaded brush and a stroke of genius, painter Pierre Giroux carved out a spot in Vancouver's art scene for 15 years, and now he's back where it all started with an art show you have to see to believe.
Painter Pierre Giroux.
Our Beautiful Obsession (OBO) Studios will be hosting an exhibition Thursday, May 29 of more than 25 large-scale oil paintings by Cornwall native Giroux.
“I was trained more as a traditional painter, but I did live in Italy for a year, so I have a lot of influence from the classical pieces I saw over there”, said Giroux, 41.
After graduating from La Citadel in 1989, Giroux moved to Toronto where he studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design. He spent his fourth year in their Florence Program in Italy, and graduated with a diploma in drawing and painting in 1994.
It was a perfect fit for him to join local artists Tracy-Lynn Chisholm and Emily MacLeod at OBO Studios.
As a group they meet weekly to inspire each other and work on their craft.
"Pierre's not only a phenomenal artist, he's the most humble, kind, awesome dude ever, with a 'joie de vivre' that matches no other," said Chisholm.
The exhibit features many of the artist’s signature dramatically lit, timeless interior spaces, most of which have never been displayed to the public.
The opening reception will be held on May 29 at 7 p.m., the exhibit will continue Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at OBO Studios, 44 Pitt Street.