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Born in 1932 in the middle of Vieux-Quebec to a journalist father and a mother from a family of printers, Antoine Dumas is an École des Beaux-Arts de Québec graduate. He also studied in the San Francisco Academy of Arts in California. Well-known as an illustrator and painter, he obtained many awards and distinctions, and has been a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1980.
Full professor at the École des arts visuels de l’Université Laval de Québec from 1970 to 1997, he took part in many expositions and his works belong to several prestigious collections. His name appears in the Canadian Larousse of Proper Names. For his Chapter Achievement, he published “À l’enseigne d’antan”, a retrospective on traditional Quebec signage; in 1974, UNICEF published “Le pee-wee”; in 1976, he created three stamps for Canada Post; in 1977, Art Global published an Anne Hébert “Kamouraska” with ten original Dumas prints, bound by Pierre Ouvrard… Many newspapers and periodicals published complimentary articles on the work of Antoine Dumas.
In 1983, Éditions Stanké launched a vast retrospective of Roland Bourneuf on the man and his work; in 1989, the Editions Madeleine Lacerte repeated the idea with a showcase on Laurent Laplante. In 2008, the «Moulin à images» creator Robert Lepage stressed the significance of Dumas the artist in projections covering the 400 year history of Quebec City.