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A native of St-Raphaël near Lévis, Jacques Barbeau was born in 1934. After graduating in 1956 from the École des Beaux-Arts de Québec, which has since become the École des arts visuels de l’Université Laval, he studied drawing, as well as wood, stone and metal sculpture. He completed his training with internships in Europe and the United States.
In 1988, Jacques Barbeau confided his tastes to Rachel Lussier, art critic for the daily La Tribune. He likes wine, beautiful creatures and fishing. Jealous of his time and space, he doesnt disdain political debate and lives his community involvement parallel to his creative activities and teaching career. A resident of Sherbrooke since 1971, Jacques Barbeau is a public personality who has been involved in many causes. An art teacher until recently at Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel de Sherbrooke, Jacques Barbeau participated in the founding nucleus of the Regroupement des artistes des cantons de l’Est (RACE). He was a founding member of the Conseil de la lecture de l’Estrie, serving as its President from 1976 to 1978. He was also a member of the committee mandated to develop a cultural policy for the City of Sherbrooke (1982-1984). Finally, in 1982, he was a founding member of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke..
Honoured several times, Jacques Barbeau received the award for excellence in the Career category at the first Gala des prix d’excellence de la ville de Sherbrooke, held in 1989..
Jacques Barbeau is a storytelling artist who talks about peoples lives. He often gets the subjects of his painted, sculpted or drawn works from public debates, as well as the private events of any human being. Regardless of whether his subjects are religious or secular, the story he tells is full of humour, tenderness, and sometimes even sarcasm. This is how his works come alive and serve as sources of the past and the present.