GERARD BELANGER, RCA
CLIMBING THE TRAPEZE
porcelain, wire, painted canvas
38 ins x 7 ins x 6 ins; 96.5 cms x 17.8 cms x 15.2 cms
Gérard Bélanger was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1936. He moved to Inverness in 1974 and, in 1976, was introduced to bronze sculpture by fellow artist, Aristide Gagnon. Bélanger traveled to France to study at the Ecole Boule de Paris, and did various apprenticeships in the United States.
In 1987, Bélanger initiated The Art Foundry of Inverness, bringing economic, social, and artistic prosperity to the region. This success has led to the opening of The Bronze Museum and two more foundries. Not only is he recognized as a master of bronze work but also as being responsible for importing the methods and knowledge of bronze foundry work into Quebec and Canada. He has also been called upon for his expertise by foundries across North America.
Bélanger has exhibited his work, both painting and sculpture, across Canada and internationally. His sculptures are also found in private collections in Canada and France. Bélanger was vice-president of the Quebec Sculptors Association in 1972, and is a member of the Conseil de la sculpture du Québec since 1979. In 2000, Bélanger was invited into the Royal Academy of Arts.