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William Perehudoff: ’60s to ’90s

Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art
Calgary AB – Mar 8–Apr 5, 2008

William Perehudoff - AC-95-7

William Perehudoff, AC-95-7 (1995), acrylic on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Mar 8-Apr 5]

Born in 1919, William Perehudoff is a senior Canadian abstract artist who has been painting for five decades. 60's-90's is a solo exhibition of historically important works painted between the 1960s and the 1990s. In 1993, Nancy Tousley described his style as “…a space in which a dialogue among forms gives rise to feeling.”

Paintings from the ’60s are of particular interest as they reflect most strongly the creative inspiration of the Emma Lake Artists' Workshops in the 1950s and 1960s. Perehudoff participated in workshops attended by Will Barnet (1957), Herman Cherry (1961), Clement Greenberg (1962), Kenneth Noland (1983) and Donald Judd (1968).

In subsequent decades, Perehudoff continued to develop his sense of form, composition and colour – all key elements of his work. Although he is often cited as a Colour Field painter, his imagery has actually evolved from Cubist-derived geometry in the 1960s and 1970s, through painterly applications in the 1980s, to complex compositions stimulated by his Doukhabor heritage in the 1990s.

His work has been widely exhibited in Canada with museum shows at the Saskatoon's Mendel Art Gallery, The Edmonton Art Gallery and the Glenbow Art Gallery in Calgary, as well as shows in commercial art galleries across the country. His paintings are in private and public collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

In 1988, Perehudoff became a workshop leader at Emma Lake. In 1999, he received the Order of Canada in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements and for his ongoing contributions to Canadian art. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Regina. Perehudoff has been married to Dorothy Knowles, a prominent Canadian landscape painter, since 1952.


Mia Johnson

William Perehudoff - AC-65-010

William Perehudoff, AC-65-010 (1965), acrylic on canvas [Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Mar 8-Apr 5]

 Fri, Feb 8, 2008