“In the case of Don Jean-Louis, I believe that his great strength lies in the exact matching of his rare vision to the medium of linear drawing. Even though his work is usually carried out on small scale, a superhuman scale is implicit in almost every one of Jean-Louis’ drawings and paintings.” – Arnold Rockman (Vie des Arts, n° 44, 1966)
Don Jean-Louis was born in Hull, Quebec in 1937. A largely self-taught artist, he has been exhibiting in Canada and internationally since 1960, with his first solo show presented in 1961 at The Isaacs Gallery in Toronto. In 1978, he was named to the Royal Canadian Academy.
Work by Jean-Louis is represented in a number of private collections, as well as in many public art collections in Canada, including the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the MacLaren Art Centre, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal.
Recent presentations of his work include a touring exhibition, Don Jean-Louis Silver Works (2006–2009), co-organized by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and a three-person exhibition at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver in 2001, as well as a group exhibition at the University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane, Australia.
Jean-Louis has been based on Vancouver Island since 1996.