Jordi Bonet (1932 - 1979)

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This work is an architectural fixture on a building located at 720 Main Street.

Description of Artwork:

This beautiful large-scale mural is a tiled mosaic installed on the upper level of the old Rubin Store building on Moncton’s Main Street. Its shades of red radiate and swirl from a central point, giving the impression of an artistic and dynamic explosion.

Explosion was commissioned by the Rubin Family for their Main Street storefront in 1962. At the time, it cost the Rubin family $32,000 to have this piece created. It is said that Jordi Bonet came to Moncton, rented a studio where he laid out all of the tiles for the artwork, and that he numbered and sequenced the tiles, which were later placed on the wall by workers. This artwork measures 23 by 45 feet long.

A Word on Artist Jordi Bonet:

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Jordi Bonet lost his right arm at the age of 9. His childhood would be marked by the Spanish Civil War. He studied art in Barcelona; he began working in paint and ceramic before expanding his focus to metal and concrete reliefs. He emigrated to Canada in 1954, establishing himself in Quebec, where he continued his studies. After briefly returning to Spain, he established an atelier in Mont-Saint-Hilaire in 1960. Over the next 20 years, he created more than 100 murals in Quebec and abroad, and associated with major art figures such as Salvador Dalí.

His mural at the Grand Théâtre de Québec created a scandal in 1971 through its inscription “Vous êtes pas écœurés de mourir bande de caves? C'est assez!” (“Aren't you sick of dying, you gang of idiots? Enough!”), a quotation from the poet Claude Péloquin. Among Bonet’s other major works are the mural Citius, Altius, Fortius at the Montreal Metro’s Pie-IX station; Hommage à Gaudí, a cycle of mural sculptures at Place des Arts in Montreal; and a set of stained-glass windows and sculptures at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was particularly interested in sacred works, creating artworks and liturgical objects for churches and convents in Quebec, Ontario, and elsewhere.

Other works by Jordi Bonet in Moncton include the Stations of the Cross in the Christ-Roi Church.

He was one of the most important artists in Quebec when he died prematurely of leukemia at the age of 47.