Jacques Hurtubise was born in Montreal and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montreal. He was awarded a grant in 1960 which allowed him to spend time in New York in the 60’s. He was influenced and stimulated by the abstract expressionists in New York. In the early 60’s his work was hard-edge. Later, producing works with geometric patterns and repeated motifs that were combined with controlled splashes of paint.
In 1967, he produced fluorescent canvases and, later, neon works. Producing optical art canvases throughout the 60’s and 70’s that were full of energy and movement. In the early 80’s he “produced a number of paintings with stacked cloudlike forms, which were contoured with expressive linear gestures. In the mid 80’s he started creating paintings with bright colours and dragon mask images. In the early 90’s Hurtubise collaged animal print fabric along with paint on canvas. One critic commented that the works looked like the most feverish baroque masks that were created by a brilliant improviser.*
Jacques Hurtubise currently lives in Nova Scotia. Jacques Hurtubise had his first one man show in 1961 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at the age of 21. He has since then shown at almost every major public and private gallery in Quebec. He has had shows in New York and California.
Mayo Graham, Jacques Hurtubise, Four decades image after image, 1998, pg’s. 13-19