Head of a Man
Pastel and Chalk on Watercolour Paper
61 X 27 cm
Gerald Trottier is known for his works imbued with spirituality and humanity, and his colorful style, inspired by surrealism and expressionism.
After the war, he joined the Art Students League (New York). He left for England and France to study medieval culture, which was strongly featured in his works during the 1950s. It was at that time that he first exhibited his work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montréal.
In 1963 he represented Canada at the Eighth Biennial of Sao Paulo, along with Roy Kiyooka, Jacques Hurtubise, and Claude Toussignant. In the 1970s, he painted landscapes from his farm on l’Île-du-Grand-Calumet, which he owned with his wife Irma, and where he eventually settled and lived from 1980 to 2002. It was from his farm that he created two of his major works: Easter series, and his self-portraits.
Gerald Trottier’s work was shown in five international exhibitions, eighteen solo exhibitions and fifty-three group exhibitions. His work is on display in public and private galleries, including the Museum of Fine Arts of Canada and the Office of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. Gerald Trottier died in 2004.