Jean-Paul Riopelle

Born in Montréal in 1923, Riopelle is an accomplished abstract painter, sculptor and graphic artist. While still to this day regarded as the biggest Canadian artist internationally, he moved to Paris in 1946, where he embraced the emerging Tachist movement and its spontaneous approach to abstract expressionism. Similar to American contemporaries, Riopelle was both celebrated and scorned for his radical technique, which involved applications that extended to dripping or even throwing paint onto the canvas.