DALLAIRE, Jean-Philippe : 1916 - 1965

Jean-Philippe Dallaire was born in Hull in 1916. Between 1932 and 1935, he studied at the Technical School of Hull and at the Central Technical School of Toronto. In 1938-39, he continued his studies, first at the Montreal School of Fine Arts, and later at the Ateliers d'Art Sacré and at l'Académie André Lhote in Paris.

After the German occupation in Paris, Jean Dallaire and his wife were sent in an internment camp. His wife was released six months later but Dallaire’s internment lasted longer and this event had a profound influence on his work.

After the war, he returned to Canada and taught at the School of Fine Arts in Québec City from 1945 to 1952. He was hired by the National Film Board as an artist, first in Ottawa (from 1952 to 1966) and then in Montreal (from 1956 to 1958) before leaving the market to dedicate himself to his art.

He lived in Quebec for two years and returned to France where he lived in Vence, in the south of France until his death in 1965 in miserable conditions at the age of 49. His work, often qualified as uneven, is mainly comprised of still lives, flower arrangements and figures. It will only be truly noticed after the artist’s death.