A French-Canadian artist from Quebec, Pierre Montgrain is an impressionist painter who documents the transient character of light, as he observes and draws how rapidly the light can change to create fantastic reflections in marinas, rivers, and lakes. Montgrain's paintings demonstrate that the painter’s primary interest is in the essence of water — the nature of its rolling, circular motion and its clear reflection of color. As the winds invigorate the speed of the waves, the artist experiments with the abstraction of the reflected cities and structures that are mirrored back to us. Despite the empirical quality of his paintings, Montgrain's palette is nearly psychotropic with a vibrant, hyperreal quality.
Montgrain's dominant concerns, body and rhythm, are influenced by his lifelong career as a concert violinist, orchestral conductor, and professor of music. “Since my infancy I have been a lover of the arts,” he says, “having grown up in an artistic milieu where music and painting were an integral part of my environment and daily surroundings.” Montgrain recalls that he had a particular curiosity for water even at an early age, having been encouraged to study natural sciences by the celebrated painter Stanley Cosgrove.