Louis-Pierre Bougie was born in Trois-Rivières (Québec) in 1946. A master engraver, painter and sculptor, he has had a career spanning more than 40 years. The artist began his studies by auditing classes at the legendary École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, and went on to train at a number of studios, notably in France, where he learned lithography at Atelier Champfleury and specialized in intaglio and etching at Lacourière et Frélaut. A founding member of the Montréal printmaking cooperative L’Atelier Circulaire, Louis-Pierre Bougie continues to contribute to the development of printmaking in Québec by welcoming emerging and internationally established artists to the studio. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Louis-Pierre Bougie has exhibited in some fifty solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His work is included in private and public collections in Canada and abroad.
Louis-Pierre Bougie was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec in 1946. He has extensive experience in engraving; he specialized intaglio and etching in Paris, at Lacourière and Frélaut where he worked for over fifteen years. He made many studies trips in France, Portugal, Poland, Ireland, Finland and New York.
His works are regularly exhibited in galleries in Canada, the US and Europe. Many of his works are in major public and private collections including Quebec and New York.
The engraving techniques at Louis-Pierre Bougie
Louis-Pierre Bougie product for some years a considerable engraved and painted work, which uses traditional burin techniques, aquatint, etc. to put them at the service of working in modern intaglio. Candle belongs to the great tradition of Goya, Blake and Rops, etc., and, at the same time, he developed an original technique of monotype, which involves the processes of etching to incorporate drawings from models alive. There is then a reversal of the technique: the paper is already drawn in black chalk heightened with acrylic and before receiving the image of the plate: a copper plate inked, which has been just bitten in advance by acid washes (the crachis or “spit-bites”) and some scratches scraper. The impression rather serves to capture everything in a supernatural transparency: to give light, that is what is meant by illumination. Thus, in Bougie, etching is a process that allows you to open and seal a space where desire and imagination settle otherwise in corporeal matter where the light (in successive highlights and illuminations) traces otherwise the show and gives us a part of ourselves. Candle reveals very close to the poet and engraver William Blake who said:
“Just as in poetry there is nothing like a letter Insignificant, painting there is nothing like a grain of sand or a Blade of Grass Insignificant – and what is Blur or Taché [Blur or Mark] is even less . »