Born in Montreal, Quebec at 2:37AM on October 26, 1959, in the midst of a cold war and on the eve of a cultural revolution, Pol Turgeon early on acquired a charming habit of walking backwards. Seeing the turbulence of the world from this perspective enamored him to the artistic life. As a young boy he was precociously obsessed with drawing and creating paper sculptures. It wasn’t until after a design and illustration scholarship sent him to the University of Concordia in Montreal and a stint at the School of Visual Arts in New York that Pol Turgeon decided upon a career in illustration.
After ten years of research and experimentation with different techniques and mediums, the iconoclastic images that would become Pol Turgeon’s signature took form. This opened the way to a prolific production of artwork used in high profile magazines, as well as annual reports, posters, book covers, and just about any surface that could bear the imprint of such irreverent testimonials to the underbelly of contemporary culture. Of no surprise to most, though a pleasant shock to his mother, Turgeon’s work was repeatedly honored with distinguished awards from competitions worldwide and was reproduced in countless design annuals including the prestigious American Illustration and Communication Arts Annual.
The only thing about Pol that exceeds the reputation of his work is what many refer to as his dangerously infectious laugh. It is known to have bewitched even the most stalwart of art aficionados.