Albert Dumouchel was born in 1916 into a family of tradesmen at Bellerive, a working-class parish in the municipality of Valleyfield, Quebec. He was educated at the Séminaire Saint Thomas D’Aquin de Valleyfield, known today as the Collège de Valleyfield. From the age of 8, he studied violin and piano, as well as studying singing under Rodolphe Plamondon. From 1936 to 1949, he taught art classes at the Séminaire de Valleyfield.
In 1940, he became a textile designer at Montreal Cottons in Valleyfield. He also taught drawing, history of art, publicity and photography at the Institut des Arts graphiques which had just been founded in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (known today as Collège Ahuntsic). He set up an engraving workshop which became famous throughout Canada, and was its artistic director for many years.
A multi-talented individual, Dumouchel was a gifted musician, photographer and painter. His overall production was immense and included more than 2,078 works created during a career lasting over thirty years. Between 1947 and 1951, he published the series “Cahiers des ateliers des arts graphiques” in which can be found some of the great names in the history of art in Quebec, including Borduas and Pellan.
He was an excellent photographer and participated in the activities of the Montreal surrealists. In 1948, he signed the manifesto Prisme d’yeux and in March 1953, during an exhibition of paintings and drawings at the University of Vancouver, some sixty compositions on slides were exhibited. He also took part in important exhibitions around the world, including those in Paris, New York, Venice, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Berlin, Milan, Liège, Spoleto, Kraków, and Ottawa.
In 1955, Dumouchel was awarded an 18-month UNESCO scholarship to study in Europe, where he pursued his research and work on printmaking. In 1964, he was awarded membership of the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts and three years later, the Academy awarded him its centenary medal for serviced rendered to Canada.
In 1960, works by Dumouchel along with those of Edmund Alleyn, Graham Coughtry, Jean Paul Lemieux and Frances Loring represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.
In 1967, he left his apartment/workshop in Montreal and went to live at St-Antoine-sur-le-Richelieu where he died in 1971.
1964 «Aquarelles, estampes et dessins» National gallery Ottawa
1965 Travelling exhibition of the National Gallery, Ottawa
1965 «Artistes de Montréal» Montreal Contemporary art museum
1966 Salon du printemps, Montreal
Concours artistiques de la province de Québec
1974 Retrospective exhibition-Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Many private exhibitions in private galleries in Quebec and in Canada.
1955-1969 Ljubljana Biennal, Yougoslavia, Canada’s official representative
1960 Venice biennal
1962 lllrd Engraving Tokyo biennal
1970 Modern original drawings exhibition, Rijeka, Yougoslavia
1966 Foussats gallery, New-York (paintings)
Musée des beaux arts de Québec
Musée des beaux arts de Montréal
The Art Gallery of Toronto
Musée des beaux arts du Canada
Winnipeg Art Museum
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Private collections in Canada and abroad.
1955 Unesco sponsorship for studies and research in Europe
1957 Cultural affairs ministery of Quebec sponsorship study in Paris
1961 Free work sponsorship from Canada Arts Council
1964 Academia Fiorentino Delle Arti Del Fesigno, Italy: honorary member
1967 Centennial medal of Canada
1967 Jury member – Salon du printemps – Musée des beaux arts de Montréal