Fournier is a well known and well documented Canadian folk artist. He was
born in St. Mathias sur Richelieu, Quebec on April 8th 1924. He has lived
in Quebec all his life, except during WWII, when he was overseas serving
his country in France. He is shown here holding his first carving; a crucifix
done in 1967. He has been carving ever since, and his sculptures cover a
wide range of subjects from the religious to the erotic, as well as fishing,
hunting, and everyday life scenes.
Fournier's work is composed mostly of figures and animals in various forms
of shared or confrontational activities. Fournier's pieces are executed
with elegance and balance, a keen eye for detail, and a great sense of fun
and love of life. They convey an acute and warm understanding of the human
condition. Leo Fournier's art is astute, joyful and uplifting. This is folk
art at its best.
Leo Fournier lives with his wife Jeanette. His work is represented in major
private collections as well as many Canadian national museums.