Jean-Pierre Lafrance is a prominent abstract artist who revitalized abstraction in Canada. Acclaimed for his vibrant, gestural approach that challenges the limits of abstraction, Lafrance demonstrates an improvisational spirit as he navigates the interactions between paint and the surface. The result is works complex in depth and brilliance of color, as seen in Beside Nowhere (2020), which alludes to the shape of a figure, a means of expressing emotion. For LaFrance, painting is the act of creating with one’s feelings, resulting in the primal abstraction. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal under Jordi Bonet, as well as at the Salette Studio and l’Atelier de l’Ile at Val-David.