William Perehudoff

(1918 – 2013)

“William Perehudoff created “bold, economical abstraction that explores the expressive power of large expanses of radiant colour and simplified shapes.” ~ Karen Wilken, An Optimism of Colour, William Perehudoff

William Perehudoff Artwork

William Perehudoff

William Perehudoff, 1980, AC-80-41
acrylic on canvas, 31 ins x 17 ins,
signed, titled and dated verso.

William Perehudoff

William Perehudoff was born in Langham, Saskatchewan in 1919. He is celebrated nationally as a colour field artist, and certainly one of the pioneers of colour field painting in Canada. His career in art has been a study and discovery of colour, space, and light.

William Perehudoff studied art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, (1948-49), at the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts, New York, New York (1949-50) and through the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops, various years, (1957 to 1990). It was at the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops that he met teachers Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, and Clement Greenberg.

In 1994, Perehudoff was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. In 1999, he was inducted as a member to the Order of Canada. Due to his failing health, Perehudoff gave up painting in 2001.

William Perehudoff’s work is represented in numerous public and private art collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, Canada Council Art Bank, Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Art Gallery of Ontario and Montreal Museum of Fine Art, as well as several other prominent public collections in Canada.

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