Montreal-based painter Paul Bureau carries on the long tradition of Quebec abstraction begun with such notables as Borduas, Riopelle, Molinari and Gaucher. With BFA and MFA degrees from Concordia University and further studies in Paris, Bureau has been on the scene for 30 odd years. His Canadian and international exhibition history, both solo and group, is extensive. As well he has exhibited at many art fairs in Europe and North America.


Known for his deep and sometimes unusual investigations into abstraction, employing materials ranging from traditional canvas and paper to cardboard and clay, each investigation/show is thematic in form as well as in title. His solo show titles are always quirky and witty, for example “Florilege” in 1998 and “Out of Shape” in 2015. There is a logical and consistent evolution in his exploration of abstract art leading to revelatory and eye pleasing results. His work has been the focus of favourable reviews and texts by such critics and curators as Robert Enright, Gary Michael Dault, Mark Lanctot, Rene Viau, James D. Campbell,and the late John Bentley Mays. Bureau rated a mention in Roald Nasgaard’s “Abstract Painting in Canada”. His work is in many private and public collections including the Royal Bank, Aldo Group, Art Bank of Canada and Cenovus Energy.


For several years, he has been interested in the primordial aspects of abstract painting, both in physicality and materiality. How one applies paint, selects colour, and organizes a composition, (be it a canvas, wood panel, paper, cardboard, or with ceramics,) is what produces the body of an oil painting. He opts for bright, contrasting colors - the most dazzling that nature can offer. These paintings are built with layers of thick oil, successively applied with a brush or palette knife. At first, the working method and temporality seem hidden, but colourful fractures reveal the presence of all previous applications. Layers of colourful drips of paint also appear on the edges of the frame. The surface of each painting presents the temporality of its construction, its textures, and multiple layers of colors. Embodied in the materiality of these works is an emotional dimension, present from their incipience. Each series descends from preceding series. Though there are always marked differences between series, the eye yet perceives visual links within forms, or colors, or textures.






1985  MFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

1983  BFA, Major in paint, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada



2019  Ephemeral, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montréal, Québec

2017  Interior Element, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montréal, Québec

2015  Out of Shape, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal Québec

2012  THRUST, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2010  One on One, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2008  New Cut, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2008  Convergence, Galerie Le Garage, Lorges, France

2008  Peintures Seram Lumières, ART MANDAT, Barjols, France

2007  ‘sur papier’ Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2007  Terrena, Union-Vie Gallery, Cultural Center Drummondville, Québec

2006  Passages, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec

2006  Magnetize, Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Key West

2003  Turbulences, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec

2002  Surfaces, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec

2000  Fusion, Thérèse Dion Art Contemporain, Montréal, Québec

1998  Florilege, Atelier 410, Montréal, Québec

1996  Les Efflorescences V, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montréal, Québec

1989  Chronique d’un jardin secret, Centre culturel du Canada, Paris



2016  The Triumph of the Therapeutic, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montréal, Québec

2016  Conversation Piece, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2015  Feature, Toronto

2015  The Summer Show : Le Couple, Christiane Ainsley et Paul Bureau, Art Mandat, Barjols, France

2014  Art Bank Exposé A selection of artworks from the Canada Council Art Bank, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

2013  Living in a Material World, Paul Bureau et Valérie Kolakis, Centre PHI, Montréal, Québec

2013  Pop-Up!, Galerie Donald Browne, PHI Center, Montréal, Québec

2012  Art Toronto, Toronto

2011  Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2011  Extreme Gestures, New York, AGAC – commissaire Denise Markonish (MassMoca)

2010  Art Toronto, Toronto

2009  Barjols/Montréal, Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles

2009  Présenter - Représenter, curated by Francois Belu, SODAC Longueuil, Québec

2009  L’oeuvre et la manière, Espace Création Loto-Québec

2009  Next Art Fair, Chicago

2009  Art Toronto, Toronto

2008  Blood Sweat and Tears, Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal, Québec

2008  Ceramica de Artistas, Taller Escuela Ceramica de Muel, Diputacion Provincial de Zaragoza, Espagne

2008  Art Toronto, Toronto

2007  Abstraction in Quebec, Galerie d’art Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire, Québec

2007  Quebec Fresh Avant Garde, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto

2007  Art Toronto, Toronto

2006  Œuvre de la collection Collectart, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal, Québec

2005  Toronto International Art Fair, Convention Centre, Toronto

2005  Chromophilie, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal, Québec

2004  Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto

2003  Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto

2003  Montreal, Sable-Castelli, Toronto

2003  Le Salon du Printemps de Montréal, Delta Montréal, Montréal, Québec

2002  Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto

2001  Couleurs et Formes, Galerie Art-Mûr, Montréal, Québec

1999  Passart, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec

1995  Arts Sutton, Sutton, Québec

1994  Galerie Patrick Gaultier, Quimper, France

1994  39 ième Salon de Montrouge, France

1991  Galerie Le Sous-Sol, Paris

1990  Grand et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris

1990  L’art pour la vie, Paris Entrée libre à l’art contemporain, Montréal, Québec

1988  33 ième Salon de Montrouge, France

1989  L’art pour la vie, Paris

1984  Galerie Daniel Beauschesne, Montréal, Québec

1984  Pavillon Mont-Royal, Université de Montréal 



2008  Bourse de perfectionnement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2003  Bourse A, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

1995  B Grant, Canada Council

1995  Prix Gutenberg pour la Bibliothèque Centrale de prêt de l’Estrie

1985  Concordia Fellowship Assistantship, Université Concordia, Montréal

1983  Concordia Fellowship Assistantship, Université Concordia, Montréal



Aldo Group, Montréal

AON, Montréal

Art Bank of Canada

Banque Royale

Banque Nationale

Cenovus Energy, Alberta

Computershare, Montréal

Lavery, de Billy


Trust général du Canada, Montréal



2013  James D. Campbell, «Living in a Material World», Border Crossings, no. 129, mars 2014, (p. 96-97)

2013  Megan Lindy, « The Materiality of art », The McGill Daily, 23 septembre

2012  Eloi Desjardins, «Paul Bureau "Thrust"», Un Show de Motard, 6 septembre

2012  Normand Babin, «Épaisseur et densité», Montrealistement, 3 septembre

2012  Sylvain Boucher, «Paul Bureau – Thrust / Galerie Donald Browne», Le Vadrouilleur Urbain, 28 août

2010  Bill Clark, «One on One», Magenta Magazine, Fall 2010,Volume 1. #4

2010  John Bentley Mays, «Extreme Painting : Brushes with Greatness», Canadian Art, Été

2010  James D. Campbell, The Secret Life of Painting : Paul Bureau’s Somatic Abstracts

2010  Éric Bolduc, «One on One», ratsdeville, 18 juin

2008  Abstract’s Magazine, «Paul Bureau», #4 August, (p.4-6)

2008  Blood Sweat and Tears, Canadian Art, Montréal Mirror, Ici Magazine 2007 René Viau, «‘sur papier’», Le Devoir, 31 mars

2006  Skene, Cameron, «Driven to abstraction», Montreal Gazette, May 27th

2005  Lamarche, Bernard, «Des généalogies qui parlent», Le Devoir, 16-17 avril

2004  Lanctôt, Mark, «Paul Bureau», Canadian Art, Summer

2004  Latendresse, Sylvain, «Rythmique plastique», Vie des Arts, no 194

2003  «Urban Mode», Now Magazine, June 19-25th

2003  Dault, Gary Michael, «Montreal at Sable-Castelli», The Globe and Mail, July 12th

2003  Enright, Robert, «French Fusion Legion», Border Crossings, February

2002  Latendresse, Sylvain, «Sui Generis», ETC Montréal, Septembre

1997   Catchlove, Lucinda, «Raw Blooms», Hour, January 9th


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