This work honouring Armand Vaillancourt was produced by MU as part of its Tribute to Montreal’s Great Artists series. Since 2010, this mural series has been celebrating the creative talents who have made outstanding contributions to the local, national and international reach of the city’s cultural scene.
The mural honours the incredible œuvre of the artist Armand Vaillancourt, known for his distinct creativity and innovative techniques. His art is inseparable from his commitment to social and political causes. Sculptor, painter, performer, humanist, man of passion and freedom, his commitment to human rights, sensitivity and generosity have left their mark on our culture. The work is especially meaningful, as it is Armand Vaillancourt’s son, Alexis Vaillancourt, who chose the piece and was in charge of the mural’s creation. Auprès de mon arbre, je vivais heureux (1989) is an original work by Armand Vaillancourt © SOCAN (2020).
“I have always been very close to nature and the animals that played an important role in my youth. I drew hundreds and hundreds of objects that illustrated the presence of animals, magical beings and ghosts of my childhood. They come directly from my subconscious and steeped in symbolic meaning.” These explorations of Armand Vaillancourt’s fantastical animal world have inspired magnificent sculptures, installations, silkscreens and other works.
Realized by: Alexis Vaillancourt, Ludovic Marsolais-Viau, Martin Lavigne and Antoine Perreault