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Place of birth: Verdun, Quebec
Gilles Pelletier's colourful paintings adorned antique furniture, old tools, and even milk cans for many years before he illustrated his first children's book. In fact, it was an interest in collecting and restoring antiques that led him into the world of art. He first began to paint on the objects he was restoring and, from there, to dabble in sculpture, to create wooden animals (ducks, horses, pigs and cows), and to paint directly on barn wood and on canvas. Not until 1991 did he illustrate his first children's book, Une Bonne et heureuse année (by Roch Carrier, Livres Toundra). The English translation is called: A Happy New Year's Day (Tundra Books). This book was followed, in 1995, by The Sugaring-off Party (by Jonathan London, Lester Publishing). Mr. Pelletier's joyously bright paintings embrace little details of daily life, celebrate traditional values, and evoke memories of times past. Mr. Pelletier, his wife, and several cats live in Ormstown, Quebec, in a house reminiscent of the one he painted for A Happy New Year's Day.
Une Bonne et heureuse année. Written by Roch Carrier.
Montréal: Livres Toundra, c1991.
A Happy New Year's Day. Written by Roch Carrier. Montreal: Tundra
The Sugaring-off Party. Written by Jonathan London. Toronto:
Lester Publishing, 1995.