Jean Phillippe Dallaire
1916 - 1965
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Jean Philippe Dallaire, painter, illustrator and professor, was born at Hull, Quebec in 1916 and died in Vence, France in 1965. Raised in a working-class family of 15, he started drawing at age 11. Though he registered in various art classes, he was mostly self-taught. In October 1938, with the support of a Quebec government grant, Dallaire went to Paris, where he attended the Atèlier d'Art Sacre and the L'Hôte studio and worked in his own studio in Montmartre.
He became familiar with the work of Picasso and the Surrealists and met Alfred Pellan. Under the German Occupation (1940-1944) he was prisoner at St-Denis.
Dallaire taught painting at the École des Beaux Arts in Quebec City from 1946-1952. From 1952-1957, he worked for the National Film Board in Ottawa, mostly illustrating animated films. He lived and painted in Montreal from 1957-1959.
In 1959 Dallaire settled in Europe. He died of heart failure, thus prematurely ending a brilliant career. Dallaire’s works show varied stylistic influences, recognizable by their draftmanship and spontaneity in subject and use of colour.