The career of Claude Théberge [1934-2008] provides a prime example of how time works in magical and often unforeseen ways… This canadian painter, a graduate of Quebec City’s École des Beaux-Arts, won bursaries from both the Canada Arts Council and the Quebec Government and attented the greatest art and design schools in France. He captured the top prize in a United Nations competition involving 65.000 graphic artists from throughout the world.
Over many years he divided is time between Paris and Montreal, all the while exploring the full range between pure abstraction and hyperrealism. He designed murals, stained glass windows and sculptures for a host of public buildings and created paintings found in prestigious collection: Aérospatial, France; l’Oréal/Lancôme; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; Royal British Columbia Museum; Toronto World Trade Center; First Canadian Bank; Esso, Canada; Kennedy Collection, U.S.A., etc. Through the years, he took part in solo or group shows held in Paris, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, Chicago and elsewhere. Not surprisingly, the man who once had the opportunity to be a protégé was dedicated to mentoring talented young artists.