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Tristan McElheron


I grew up in Montréal and spent my childhood and adolescence in an artistic milieu. My father and mother worked in graphic and clothes design and two of my uncles are well-established Canadian painters.

I discovered the medium of plaster bandage while studying Studio Art at Concordia University and supporting myself working as a waiter. I had some pieces in the Silverstone Gallery and Galerie L'art Francais and in 1990, I exhibited my work simultaneously at the Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay and the Panorama exhibit at Place des Arts.

Relocating to Vancouver in 1993, I began a career as a caterer, and later, as a recreation therapist with older adults. I'm a builder of sculptures who's been influenced by Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, René Magritte, and Don Martin of MAD Magazine.