Biography of Gerald Beaulieu
Gerald Beaulieu was born in Welland, Ontario on March 25, 1964. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design including a final year of study at the New York City satellite campus, graduating in 1987. In 1988 he moved to Prince Edward Island where he now works and lives with his family. While pursuing his art practice he also devotes his time to community initiatives and advocacy work. He has served on the board of the PEI Council of the Arts and is currently serving on the executive of the Canadian Artists Representation/Le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC).
Gerald Beaulieu has consistently created work that fuses sculpture, installation and media based practices. He utilizes a wide variety of materials and assembly techniques, referencing his materials to the forms he produces. Beaulieu’s work entails particularly poetic conceptual responses to contemporary issues of technology and the living form. Throughout, his materials acutely and intuitively underscore their references and the interplay of solidity and fragility, innovation and transcendence, technological and mythical, romantic and scientific, interpretive and objective.
He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and has several works in public collections. He has received numerous federal and provincial creation/ production grants and his work has won several awards. His latest project was a group of figurative work titled Superheroes, produced during a residency at Gallery Connexion in the summer of 2006. The theme of Superheroes references both a passion for the comic book genre and a fascination of the extraordinary. These figures all to be larger than life, displaying an act of desire to go beyond physical limits and the need to transcend imposed boundaries. Each figure in both form and material is in a state of transition, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the commonplace to the mythical. These pieces are an attempt to comment on the notion of the heroic, the drastic singular act as solution and answer, the role model to be admired and emulated and the isolation of celebrity. Shown together these figures reflect on both the power of the myths they aspire to and the fragility of the reality they inhabit.