1700 La Poste is pleased to present an exhibition devoted to Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Larocque. Renowned internationally for his innovative mastery of clay sculpture, the artist also invested a drawing and painting practice. With charcoal and clay predominating, his work eludes the specificities of period and culture. Larocque draws by subtraction and sculpts through an accumulation of materials and textures. He is interested not in the faithful representation of a given subject, but in the medium’s language and what it is able to contribute to representation. Jean-Pierre Larocque sounds out the material, explores its potential, and tests its boundaries.

Jean-Pierre Larocque Charcoal and Clay

After spending 15 years in artistic and academic explorations at different American schools and universities, painter and ceramicist Jean-Pierre Larocque returned to Montreal at the turn of the 2000s.

In this portrait film, Larocque opens his studio to viewers. Using charcoal “reluctantly” and grinding away slate like so many layers of skin, he is a creator of unfathomable sensitivity who shapes intriguing, enchanting works that play on time and eras while reminding us of our own human ghosts.


A film by Bruno Boulianne


Isabelle de Mévius


Jean-Pierre Larocque

Born in Montreal in 1953, Jean-Pierre Larocque studied drawing and printmaking at UQAM before pursuing studies in ceramics at Concordia University and the Alfred University of New York, from which he received an MFA in 1988.

While living and teaching for over ten years in the United States, the artist travelled repeatedly to Europe and Asia. Having shown his work extensively in North America as well as being included in many public and private collections, Larocque was selected to present a major solo exhibition in 2006 to inaugurate the new contemporary gallery of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto. Jean-Pierre Larocque lives and works in Montreal.


1700 la poste

1700 Notre-Dame Street W
Montreal (Qc) H3J 1M3

Metro station Lucien L’Allier
or Georges-Vanier

How to get there
T. (438) 384-1700
F. (438) 384-1600

The 30th anniversary of Les Impatients at 1700 La Poste

Enchanté∙e ! A look at 30 years of creation and hope

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Isabelle de Mévius
Executive and Artistic Director

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Administrative Director

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