Solo Exhibit in Bellevue, September 2016
Painter, sculptor, teacher and set designer, Jérôme Poirier is as multi-faceted as his mixed-media work. Born in Montréal in 1956, the son of a goldsmith and an artist, Poirier began painting, drawing and sculpting at a young age. In his early twenties, he started exhibiting at prestigious art and craft shows throughout Canada, often winning awards for his elaborate work. He quickly caught the eye of curators and had his first solo exhibition at the Craft Council Gallery in Toronto in 1984, followed by other exhibitions across the country.
In the 1980s, Poirier also started to create architectural and decorative environments. Being an imaginative and skilled scenic painter, he was commissioned to work on numerous Cirque du Soleil shows, as well as dozens of international movie projects, including The Great Gatsby (2000) and Beyond Borders (2003). During this time he also taught sculpture at L’ École du meuble et du Bois ouvré de Montréal.
Recent years have taken Poirier around the world with engagements at the National Museum of Singapore and Cirque du Soleil productions in London and Tokyo, among others. His newest series, Beyond Time, is inspired by his travels, both for work and pleasure, throughout Asia. Poirier currently resides in Montréal and works full-time as an artist.