Following studies in literature and creative writing, he took up sculpture. In 2000, he obtained a diploma from the École-atelier de sculpture de Québec (Maison des métiers d’art). Whether life-sized or small format, his sculptures are always highly realistic. The self-portrait or “self-representation” is at the centre of his work. He or members of his family become models against a backdrop of fables and legends, to which he adds a touch of humour. His art is an attempt to blur the boundaries between art and artisanship, claiming a lineage from traditional sculpture in his choice of raw materials and techniques. Since 2004, Drouillard has taught sculpture in wood, metal and concrete at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. He was also involved for several years at L’Oeil de Poisson, a showcase in Québec City for contemporary art and practices that cross disciplinary boundaries. In 2002, he founded La Coop Le Bloc 5, a cooperative of visual arts artisans, with the artists Marc-Antoine and Nathalie Côte, Ludovic Boney and Kathy Ouellette. His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout Canada.
Born in 1970 in Chatham, Ontario, Jean-Robert Drouillard lives and works in Québec City.