Paul Lussier – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #28

August 2014

The Winnipeg River Arts Council features Sculptor Paul Lussier.

Paul Lussier

Paul Lussier

Sculptor Paul Lussier was born into a creative St. Boniface family. At a young age, he and his siblings spent hours playing with plasticene. They created anything their imaginations could conjure – towns and forts and fantastic creatures.
They also spent many days at his aunt and uncle’s home. His uncle was a famous St Boniface architect (Etienne Gaboury) and his aunt was a reputable potter. Their house was filled with sculptures and modern art. This exposure encouraged Lussier to enter an art contest at school. He went to a construction site, gathered clay, created an old man in Québec city’s “artisanat” style and placed second in the contest.
Lussier left Winnipeg to teach at Powerview School where he met gifted art teacher, Sister Pauline Ménard. He took her pottery classes and discovered he liked working on the wheel but his real inspiration lay in formed structures.
Later on, he took an “attelier” with Saskatchewan sculptor Joe Fafard whose colourful caricatures led him into the style he loves today.
After thirty-one years of teaching, he retired and then decided to refocus on his artistic side. He took a course at Winnipeg Art Gallery with Nancy Litchfield-Hutchison, a ceramic instructor with over thirty years of experience. She taught him different techniques, emphasized putting emotions into clay and encouraged him to take time on details.
He has exhibited his sculptures at St. Boniface Cultural Centre and, in August of 2014, he participated in the ArtWave show in Lac du Bonnet. He’s currently doing a project inspired by photos of John Paskievich (The North End) and also enjoys sculpting local people.
Lussier says, “Even though I prefer doing older people, I am fascinated by the human form. I like to capture certain emotions in the clay … a look of struggle and despair, yet hope… a look of joy at seeing a friend. I hope to continue to do sculptures that capture our humanness.”