LOT 029

1918 - 2013

acrylic on canvas, 2001
on verso signed, titled and inscribed "DUG 11257"
31 x 32 in 78.7 x 81.3 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

William Perehudoff was a major figure in the Saskatoon community of artists, many of whom were enthusiastic participants in the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops, where they connected with influential art figures associated with abstract painting. Although initially a landscape painter, when Perehudoff attended Emma Lake he was already working abstractly. He took workshops with important art critic Clement Greenberg in 1962 and artist Kenneth Noland in 1963, and although his work was already mature, these encounters gave him increased confidence in his artistic direction.

Since the 1950s, this important Colour Field painter had explored geometric abstraction, and this 2001 work relates back to his abstract paintings of the 1950s and 1960s. His organic brushwork leaves some raw edges of bare canvas and the softly modulated background glows, making its centrally placed arrangement of overlapping hard-edged bars and slightly irregular geometric shapes appear to hover. AC-01-007 is a prime example from the 2000s, a perfect balance of pure colour, form and space.

In 2010, a retrospective titled The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff was mounted at Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery and traveled throughout Canada.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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