Visual Artist
Norman Leibovitch

" I have been asked many times why I dedicate myself so completely to painting - I do it because I must. Life has meaning to me only through my work. My interest in life is based on my art and it is the connection I have with reality. "

Norman Leibovitch first became known in the province of Quebec during the 1940's following a string of highly praised solo exhibitions.

A contemporary and acquaintance of renowned Montreal artists such as Louis Muhlstock, Moe Reinblatt and Sam Borenstein, his work has been shown across North America in major cities such as Montreal, Toronto and New York. The artist's first posthumous retrospective exhibition recently took place at La Galerie d'art D'Outremont from August 17- September 3, 2004, the public was invited to a rare viewing of 75 oil paintings covering the artist's career from his early years until his death in 2002.

Leibovitch's gestural brush strokes, use of texture and striking choice of colour fill his paintings with a vitality that is strikingly modern for a Canadian painter trained in the 1930's. During the 1940's, while many Quebec artists looked to Europe , particularly the trends of Paris, for inspiration, Leibovitch traveled to Mexico and Israel to broaden his artistic experience. His use of form, line and colour evolved over the decades, and although at times his figurative work leans more towards the abstract, he never completely gave into abstraction, allowing his subjects to remain the focus of his works.

Leibovitch was highly regarded amongst his peers and critics, but because of his extremely private and stubborn nature, he refused to show his work publicly for most of the 1950's and again in the 1970's. Nonetheless, during these periods he worked steadily and there exist hundreds of canvases that have yet to be viewed by the public. The last retrospective of his work was held in 1980, and so it is with great pleasure that the Galerie d' art d' Outremont is honoured to reintroduce the works of this accomplished Montreal artist.

Leibovitch began to exhibit his works again in the 1980's and painted until his death in 2002.

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