Born in Montréal on May 28,
1928 and died on June 15, 2009, Jean
Constantineau studied at the École des
Beaux-Arts in Montreal from 1946 to 1951 with a focus on
sculpture. These years of work have been successful
since he received from the School the first prize for
sculptures for a marquee study.
In 1952, he worked as a
sculptor in the Parliament of Ottawa, then he joined the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1953. He remained
there until his retirement in 1984. In addition to his
interest in sculpture, Jean Constantineau devoted
himself more and more actively to painting.
His works, of a considerable
number, are essentially figurative. Whether oils,
gouaches, watercolors, pastels, or charcoals, his
paintings sing the beauties of the Quebec landscape. In
his painting, we find the hues of large hilly spaces,
the brightness of the natural scenery.
You can feel the moving sky,
the wind in the trees, the movement of nature. His
works, no matter the medium, are all imbued with great
sensitivity; one could also say of a humanity, a
goodness of his vision of the world.
Jean Constantineau has lived
fully in his painting and for him, any work, small or
large format, must be studied and long worked to
establish a certain climate of softness, harmony,
subtlety and refinement.
The fascination exerted on us
by Jean Constantineau's paintings is an enchantment
created by a combination of a certain number of charm.
He has developed over the years a specific writing so
that one he warns can easily identify one of his
paintings without the need to sign and there is no
possibility to confuse it with any other.
His style, his colors, his
constructions sign for him. His paintings have already
been found in several galleries (Baie Saint-Paul,
Brossard, Île-aux-Coudres, Rimouski, Quebec, Chicoutimi,
and Montreal). He also worked in bronze, and his limited
edition sculptures depicting Quebec legends and customs
became collector's items.
Jean Constantineau has always
liked to communicate his passion for painting, to advise
young painters. He has, among other things, taught
painting classes for several years. For him painting has
always been something essential, vital. As he always
said, "Painting is not difficult, it is not being able
to paint that would be tragic.