Pierre Tougas is a Quebec painter born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in 1949. At the age of 16, he began his artistic training at the Canadian Academy of Arts. Between 1965 and 1968, he learned the basic techniques of drawing with pen, pencil, pastel, watercolor and then oil. He continued to perfect his training by participating in workshops with renowned American and Canadian artists such as Tom Nicholas, Alexis Arts and Don Stone.
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During the first ten years of his career, he first did illustration, then devoted himself exclusively to watercolour. In 1982, he participated in the founding of the Canadian Watercolor Society (SCA).
He taught watercolor from 1980 to 1985, which enabled him to give about twenty workshops and numerous demonstrations in Quebec before devoting himself solely to painting.
Pierre Tougas takes his inspiration for his paintings, as much in the architecture of the houses, as in the flowers, street scenes and varied landscapes around him. He also painted still lifes. He always works in search of his own pictorial language to succeed in reaching his personal representation of reality.
During his long career, he participated in twenty-five solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions. Two major retrospectives were also devoted to him at the Laurier Museum in 1999, and at the Ramezay Museum in 2002.
He is represented in various galleries in Quebec and the United States. His works can be found in several corporate and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. He is considered by his peers and collectors as one of the most talented watercolorists in Quebec.