Born june 10, 1935, in Saint Michel de Wenrworth, Québec,
As a child, Tex Lecor`s father took him under his wing, and taught the young artist to paint and draw. As soon as he was old enough (18), he moved out of his native town of Saint-Michel de Wentworth, to Montreal. His goal was to study at the Montreal School of Fine Arts, which he accomplished in 1951. Once in Montreal, he met many local artists, including Léo Ayotte. Although Ayotte was many years Tex`senior, they forged a strong bond which lasted until Ayotte`s passing. Tex Lecor admired many artists such as Goodridge Roberts and Franklin Carmichael, the only artist he says inspires him was Léo Ayotte.
In 1960, Paul Lecor Moved to Old Montreal; at the time an area known as an artist`s and musician`s area. He was having a lot of trouble making ends meet as a painter, so he began singing and playing guitar. Always a man with a good sense of humor, Tex`s songs were often satyrical and were well received by Montreal audiences. Even though he was now a performer, he still made time once a week to teach young artists at his downtown studio. By the time “EXPO 67” came around, he had made it, and by 1970 he was offered a part in the television show “Sous Mon Toit”; he was considered a star. He was now making enough money to support his primary passion, painting full time.
With his lifelong dream finally coming true, he refused to waste the opportunity. He was extremely prolific, and sold his work at an art Gallery in Laval. This type of exposure allowed him to hold his first solo show in 1976. For the next several years, he experimented with color and subject, exploring all aspects of his personality. His pieces often had humorous undertones, but ther was always a degree of sincerity in his subjects. He never intended to convey any message, just to truly explore color.
In 1987, still painting and exhibiting, he was offered a chance to travel across Canada and meet with other artists for an open forum; the excursion was taped and broadcast on CBC. He had the chace to meet Guido Molinari and Jean-Paul Riopelle, which left him feeling re-energized about his own work. His colors evolved once again, as he told the tale of his life through his paintings. Every moment he spent away from his true passion, was only a stepping stone in order to forward his dream.
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