December 5, 1945 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The youngest in a family of 7 children, Serge Chapleau grew up in a blue collar neighbourhood in Montréal, where his childhood kingdom was the back alley of rue Drolet.After studying painting and graphic art at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal, Chapleau created in 1971 a caricature of the songbook Gilles Vigneault for Perspectives, a weekly paper distributed with the Saturday Editions of several Quebec dailys.
During the following years, Chapleau collaborated in several other publications, such as Montréal-Matin, Week-End, Actualité and Nous. Following Le Devoir in 1985, he worked at Le Matin in 1987, and 7 Jours from 1989 to 1992. After a return to Le Devoir in 1991, he became in 1996 a cartoonist at La Presse, a post that he continues to occupy.
Since 2004, his puppet character Gérard D. Laflaque, returned to television in CGI form on Et Dieu créa Laflaque. He and fellow Montreal cartoonist Terry Mosher were the subject of a 2003 documentary film, Nothing Scared, directed by Garry Beitel. Chapleau suffers from Dupuytren's contracture, a hand disease in which the formation of scar tissue under the skin of the palm causes fingers to curl inward and lose the motion of the tendons' ability to grip.
Honours and publications
For more than two decades Serge Chapleau has been a finalist at the National Newspaper Awards of the Canadian Association of Newspapers in the Editorial Cartooning category; to date he has won the award on seven separate occasions.
Since 1993, Éditions du Boréal has published an annual collection of his best caricatures, L'année Chapleau.
- "Canadian Encyclopedia".
- Nothing Sacred (Documentary film). Montreal: National Film Board of Canada. 2003.
- "Serge Chapleau, Political Cartoonist and Caricaturist". The Cartoonists. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- "List of Winners". National Newspaper Awards. Canadian Daily Newspaper Awards Programme Administration Corporation. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- "Four Nova Scotians among Order of Canada honourees". The Chronicle-Herald, July 1, 2015.
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