Jordi Bonet

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Jordi Bonet
Born7 May 1932
DiedDecember 25, 1979(1979-12-25) (aged 47)
Nationality Canadian
Known for painter, ceramic artist, muralist, and sculptor.
The Jordi Bonet Murals in the rotunda of the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony Newfoundland were created and fabricated in 1967 Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital Rotunda.jpg
The Jordi Bonet Murals in the rotunda of the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony Newfoundland were created and fabricated in 1967

Jordi Bonet (7 May 1932 – 25 December 1979) was a Spanish-born Canadian painter, ceramist, muralist, and sculptor who worked principally in Quebec.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country mostly located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Painting Practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface

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Life and work

Born in Barcelona, Spain, he lost his right arm at the age of 9. His childhood would be marked by the Spanish Civil War. He studied art in Barcelona. He began working in paint and ceramic before expanding his focus to include metal and concrete reliefs.

Barcelona City and municipality in Catalonia, Spain

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Spanish Civil War War between the Republicans and the Nationalists in Spain from 1936 to 1939

The Spanish Civil War took place from 1936 to 1939. Republicans loyal to the left-leaning Second Spanish Republic, in alliance with the Anarchists and Communists, fought against the Nationalists, an alliance of Falangists, Monarchists, and Catholics, led by General Francisco Franco. Due to the international political climate at the time, the war had many facets, and different views saw it as class struggle, a war of religion, a struggle between dictatorship and republican democracy, between revolution and counterrevolution, between fascism and communism. The Nationalists won the war in early 1939 and ruled Spain until Franco's death in November 1975.

Concrete Composite construction material

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He emigrated to Canada in 1954, establishing himself in Quebec, where he continued his studies. After briefly returning to Spain, he established an atelier in Mont-Saint-Hilaire in 1960. Over the next 20 years, he created more than 100 works in Quebec and abroad, and associated with major art figures such as Salvador Dalí.

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Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec City in Quebec, Canada

Mont-Saint-Hilaire is an off-island suburb of Montreal in southeastern Quebec, Canada, on the Richelieu River in the Regional County Municipality of La Vallée-du-Richelieu. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 18,200. The city is named after the Mont Saint-Hilaire.

Salvador Dalí Spanish artist

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Dalí de Púbol, known professionally as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

In 1964, he was commissioned by the Government of Sierra Leone to deliver the mural which can still be seen at the front of the Bank of Sierra Leone building, in the capital, Freetown. His signature is situated at the bottom right-hand of the mural, with the words "Jordi Bonet '64"

His relief in the Grand Théâtre de Québec created a scandal in 1971 because of the line "Vous êtes pas écœurés de mourir bande de caves? C'est assez !" ("Aren't you sick of dying, you gang of idiots? Enough!") incorporated into it, a quotation from the poet Claude Péloquin.[ citation needed ] Among his other major works are the relief Citius, Altius, Fortius in the Montreal Metro station Pie-IX;[ citation needed ]Hommage à Gaudí, a cycle of wall sculptures in Place des Arts in Montreal; the Halifax Explosion Memorial Sculpture; and a set of stained-glass windows and sculptures in Our Lady of the Skies Chapel [1] at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. He was particularly interested in sacred works, creating artworks and liturgical objects for churches and convents in Quebec, Ontario, and elsewhere. Galerie L'Art français exhibited his works from the 1950s. [2]

Grand Théâtre de Québec building in Quebec, Canada

The Grand Théâtre de Québec is a performing arts complex in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It was conceived to commemorate the Canadian Centennial of 1967 and the Quebec Conference, 1864, one of the key meetings leading to the Canadian Confederation of 1867.

Claude Péloquin was a Québécois poet, writer, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, and director.

He was one of Quebec's major artists when he died of leukemia at the age of 47.

Leukemia group of cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow

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Jordi Bonet's Citius, Altius, Fortius which is Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger at Pie-IX metro station in Montreal, Quebec Jordi Bonet - Citius Altius Fortius.jpg
Jordi Bonet's Citius, Altius, Fortius which is Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger at Pie-IX metro station in Montreal, Quebec



Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

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<i>Halifax Explosion Memorial Sculpture</i>

The Halifax Explosion Memorial Sculpture was a work of public art in Halifax, Nova Scotia created in 1966 by the Quebec artist Jordi Bonet to commemorate the Halifax Explosion. The sculpture was located at the Halifax North Memorial Library but was dismantled in 2004 by the Halifax Regional Municipality and accidentally destroyed while in storage.

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  1. Our Lady of the Skies Chapel
  2. Vie des arts, n°6, printemps 1957, "L'Art français, 370, rue Laurier ouest, en mai: Jeanne Rhéaume-Goodridge Roberts-Jordi Bonet, céramiste"
  3. "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.