Canadian Grand Master, painter, composer-songwriter, singer, comedian, bush pilot (for 19 years), animator and artist, Paul ‘Tex’ Lecor was born in Saint-Michel de Wentworth, Lachute in 1933 (died in 2017). His landscapes, portraits and group scenes offer colourful vision of a painter’s fertile picture. The sculptural character of his landscape, group scenes or persons is enhanced by the strength of the design and brightness that inhabits it. Tex is focused more than ever on the brightness of the colours, the beauty of the subject and the movement that gives his life to the picture. Virtuoso of colour, clever designer and keen observer, Tex continues to refine his vision and give life to all the images that fill his imagination. His bold palette, his incomparable and unclassifiable style, its eloquence and humor make it one of the best known and accepted in Canada figurative painters.
“Paul ‘Tex’ Lecor is made from a single block, as they say here. Outstanding communicator, and that’s saying something, he knows how to tell “their” stories with incredible verve. He is as itspainting, or rather his painting is his image. Draftman of great talent, he uses the quality of his line to highlight a passing detail, fact, with a bit of exaggeration, a caricatural suspicion. But if he amplifies certain forms, it is so that better we hear him… At one point, we know very well what corner hides the truth. Then you realize that everything is accurate, everything! It’s just a little exaggerated!
His painting is inspired by the memory of his childhood, but also of our popular imagery of his fishing stories, that of the time when he was a bush pilot or that Ms. Thing that he has known at the time when he was going to paint in nature in the end … His painting is him, I tell you! ” Robert Bernier
Canadian Grand Master, Paul ‘Tex’ Lector is firmly present in several of the major art galleries across Canada and his works are found in major collections (National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec, Museum of Modern Art in New York, etc).
Paul Lecor, better known as “Tex” owes a large part of his notoriety to the world of entertainment. His songs and his participation in radio programs, including the famous Insolences d’un téléphone, contributed greatly to this popularity. But the singer-animator-humorist is also known as a painter. As standard bearer and defender of an artistic expression based on the landscape tradition, he appears, in the world of traditional figurative painting, as one of the most significant artists.
Paul Lecor will get into painting long before performing on stage. He studied at the Montreal School of Fine Arts for eight years. The education he received there, as well as a deep friendship with the painter Léo Ayotte, had a decisive influence on his artistic development. Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Clarence Gagnon and the painters of the Group of Seven are among the artists he admires deeply. He is, moreover, a worthy successor because he has immense talent.
The artist’s vision is, if not folkloric, at least strongly imbued with nostalgia for a bygone era that has passed: those times when landscape painting underwent great upheavals, evacuating a romantic vision of European style in favor of an approach closer to the harsh reality that is ours and marked with the seal of modernity. This characteristic feature is particularly remarkable among the artists of the Group of Seven, and especially in the painting of Warren Harris. For these reasons, one cannot today describe Lecor’s painting as avant-garde or simply new. His plastic approach is based more on the anecdote, on the chronicle, than on a play of materials questioning the sense of the representation of painting.
Tex Lecor has remained over the years an irreducible defender of nature. His excursions with Aboriginals, in the North and the Far North, often inspired his paintings. The artist undoubtedly wishes that his painting testifies to the last vestiges of a nature more than ever threatened from all sides. A great traveler in distant lands, he reveals himself, somewhat like the hero of literature Jack London, a privileged witness to our great wilderness.
Source : Robert Bernier, La peinture au Québec depuis les années 1960, Les Éditions de l’Homme, 2002, Lecor Paul « Tex » Lecor (1935), pages 309-310.