DESROCHERS, Michel

1938 - ?

Michel DesRochers

Michel was born in Joly de Lotbiniere, a small village near Quebec City Canada, on 1 March 1938. After studies at College in Rouyn, Quebec, in 1957 Michel went on to Toronto to study drawing and painting part-time at the Ontario College of Art. During this time he worked in the Art Department of Simpson-Sears learning fashion art and graphics where he remained for the next five years also studying sculpture with Filipovic, a professor from the Academy of Rome. In 1963 Michel travelled to Europe for a year and on his return to Canada became Art Director in a department store in Quebec City. In 1968 he returned to Toronto, having married, and worked in graphics and advertising on his own account until 1969. Michel then travelled to England where he painted full-time in East Anglia taking part in many groups shows and major exhibitions, notably the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibitions in London with one-man shows at Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk; one-man show at Medici Gallery, Old Bond Street, London being invited by Lady Fermoy to have a one-man show at her Fermoy Gallery gallery in Kings Lynn, Norfolk also had several one-man shows at Woodbridge Gallery, Suffolk and at the then newly established Municipal Art Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to which he had been appointed to be member of the committee. From 1969 to 1980 many of his works, both oils and watercolours, were purchased by collectors, including two works by the Maritime Museum at Greenwich, London with commissions by Sir Nicholas Cayzer and Sir Edmund Joly de Lotbiniere, both Suffolk residents, and the Borough of Bury St Edmunds commissioned and purchased various topographical works including 'Windmill' (1970). In 1980 he painted watercolours in France of the local scenes around the area of Hérault, and was invited to participate in a group show of watercolours of major French artists at Galerie Feille, Clairac, in the Lot et Garonne. Works were purchased and form part of some major European collections, including a watercolour acquired by Madame Danielle Mitterand, the wife of the late President of France. In September 1987, Michel and his wife Marion, returned to Canada and settled in Sooke, BC in the Greater Victoria area and Michel has shown several times at the annual Fine Art Show in Sooke, and in 1995 a series of paintings were purchased by Pacific Coast Savings for their newly constructed branch.




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