Outside the framework of art teaching, André Fournelle had his apprenticeship reading, doing research and experimenting widely.
He started exhibiting his sculptures in 1963. Working in a Montreal industrial foundry triggered his interest in melting metal which became the basis of several of his works. In 1967 he established an experimental foundry in Pierrefonds, working with Pierre Leblanc and Armand Vaillancourt. A year later he undertook, in the company of Marcelle Ferron, a study trip in Europe, looking for new ways to blend glass and metal.
André Fournelle has followed a path whose common thread is light: the glow of fire, of neon, fibre optics and molten metal.
He uses these materials to sculpt light, arranging it in nature and integrating it with architecture.
Pursuing ever changing research, he works with other materials such as metal (bronze, steel), granite, pigments, glass and charcoal. In recent years, he emphasizes charcoal, the principal material for his work.
He creates signs and symbolic acts. His artworks speak of uprooting and the fleeting passing of time. From these gush poetry and a mystical and geopoetic strength . He enters public space and nature in alluding to the four elements: air, earth, fire and water.
Sculpteur invité d'honneur:
It is with great pleasure that I agreed to be the guest artist of this beautiful event SCULPTURE IV.
We are privileged to enjoy such great moments thanks to la Fonderie d’Art d’Inverness.
Thank you Emmanuel and all the fine team that is the Fonderie d’Art family.
Without you the artists would not be here to live these three great days
I wish you all a successful event.
New : Exhibition of assembly sculptures (robots, life-size animals) with « seek and find » games for children from 4 to 99 years with the artist Étienne Cyr.