He embraced the Automatiste concern with the social role of art, but in a more thoroughly pragmatic way than his colleagues; in addition to his work on canvas and paper he designed sculpture, jewellery, painted fabrics, posters and stained glass windows, began to work as a theatre designer (sets, costumes and lighting) in the 50s, and became noted for his multimedia approach to creating thematic discotheque "environments" in the 1960s. Among his public murals is one created in 1961-62 for Hydro-Québec (Montréal), where he used such nontraditional media as fibreglass, plastic resin and neon lighting, Mousseau being one of the most daring exploiters of new media and techniques during the 1960s. His interest in multimedia work included collaborating with architects, and his courses at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1961-64) and Université Laval (1968) explored the integration of colours, textures, lighting and unusual materials into architecture. He was given a major, posthumous retrospective exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain (Montréal) in 1997.
Author BRIAN FOSS