HAMILTON.- Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier has been active on the contemporary art scene since the mid-1990s, when he quickly gained recognition for the inventiveness of his work. The kinetic installations that have emerged from his exploration of the acoustic and metaphorical potential of the found object combine humour and poetry in a highly rigorous investigative approach. With an ingenuity seldom seen, they bring together the notions of order and chaos, permanence and fragility, performance and gratuitousness.
Born in Matane, Jean-Pierre Gauthier lives and works in Montreal. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, in Quebec and the rest of Canada, in the United States and in Europe. In 2004 he was the winner of the prestigious Sobey Art Award, and in 2005 he received the Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton Award, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts to an artist in mid-career.