Now residing in Cornwall, Ontario, Pierre Giroux moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to study drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Arts and Design. His final year of education was spent in Florence, Italy where he was inspired by the abandoned farmhouses in the area. Before returning to Canada, Pierre travelled to Paris where he visited a gallery showcasing paintings of the interiors of houses which captured light and space like nothing he had seen before.
After returning home, Pierre’s works became about celebrating the spaces in which we inhabit, drawing inspiration for his interiors from homes in the area he lives and the grand rooms and estates found in Europe, particularly France. The influence Pierre’s time in Florence can be seen in the way he manipulates the light and draws from the styles of the Italian Renaissance.
I've always had a great interest in the rooms of times past and their associations with the people they've touched and surrounding environments they've shaped. From a staircase discovered in an abandoned farmhouse in southern Ontario to a window inspired by an Italian villa in Tuscany, this is what moves me to paint. I'm drawn to spaces - the way light plays within them, shapes casting shadows across a wall and floor and the influences incurred by the passing of time. I hope to invoke a sense of timelessness for the viewer with this body of works. - Pierre Giroux