Pierre AJ Sabourin, a professional En Plein Air landscape painter, makes his home at Sunset Rock Studio in Killarney, Ontario, where visitors around the world are drawn to the natural spiritual beauty of the area and the Georgian Bay. Pierre is artist-in-residence at Killarney Provincial Park and member of the Sudbury Arts Council. He accepted a nomination to the board of the Sudbury Arts Council for 2011-2012. Pierre is also an art educator, hosting the popular Footsteps of the Group of Seven painting classes in Killarney Provincial Park as well as innovative En Plein Air workshops from his atelier at Sunset Rock Studio in Killarney.
Sabourin studied Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa as well as at the National Drawing and Print Council of Canada at the University of Calgary. He also apprenticed with landscape painter Ferenc Szeles of Hungary. Pierre learned winter painting techniques from the great German En Plein Air painter, Paul Schleusner.
Through the years, Pierre has developed a style of landscape painting that draws upon the influences of Tom Thomson, JEH Macdonald, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, Vincent Van Gogh, Igor Grabar, and Edouard Manet. He is drawn to bold expressionism with rich colour and thick impasto manipulating paint and creating shadow, while he at times incorporates glass into pigments for luminosity. He enjoys painting all seasons, especially winter.
Pierre’s work is represented in private collections in France, Poland, Germany, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the United States. Four of Sabourin’s paintings, Wolf Creek, Killarney Bay Sunset, Lucid Grandeur, and Wanapitei Rapids, are in private Canadian Art Heritage collections. Pierre’s Willisville Mountain, which toured five museums in northern Ontario with the Willisville Mountain Project, was acquired by a private Group of Seven collection in 2010. Descendants of Franklin Carmichael’s family have acquired three works from Pierre.
Pierre has received commissions from patrons in Canada, the United States, and France. Two spectacular commissions of the Georgian Bay were 6’ x 4’ En Plein Air canvases in the Mink Islands and Twelve Mile Bay.
Sabourin’s Angel of Contemplative Life, inspired by 17th-century Spanish painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo, is on display at King’s College in London, ON. The Deposition, inspired by Nicolas Poussin, is on display in the permanent collection of John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in London, ON.
Sabourin has made donations of artwork to:
-Catholic Women’s League of Killarney
-Aids Foundation Sudbury
-Adèle Samson Centre, Sudbury
-Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation
-Killarney Provincial Park
-St. Joseph Catholic School, Killarney
-Killarney Fire Department
-Little Current Yacht Club
-John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, London, ON
-Wounded Warriors Project
-Friends of Killarney Provincial Park
-Youth Employment Services (YES) Foundation of Toronto
-DESCANT: The Magazine for Canadian Arts and Letters
-Credit Valley Hospital Foundation Gala, Mississauga
-90 Man Club of Elliot Lake
-Tree Society of Creemore
-Vick Johnson Park, Streetsville
-Wye Marsh, Midland
“As a young man, I traveled across Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to the Arctic Circle. This experience instilled in me a sense of national pride in Canada’s beauty and diverse culture. Growing up in Sudbury, Ontario, during the peak of nickel smelting in the 50s and 60s and experiencing the destruction of nature had a profound effect on me.”
–Pierre AJ Sabourin
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