Artwork by Jacques Hurtubise,  Sans titre

Jacques Hurtubise
Sans titre

acrylic on canvas (diptych)
signed and dated 1987 lower right

24 x 40 ins ( 61 x 101.6 cms ) ( overall )

Auction Estimate: $9,000.00$7,000.00 - $9,000.00

Price Realized $8,625.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Private Collection, Ottawa
Michael MacDonald, “Award winner Jacques Hurtubise had great influence on abstract painting”, The Canadian Press, January 1, 2015
Hurtubise figured prominently in ground-breaking Quebec abstract painting exhibitions in the 1960s. The artist straddled painterliness and hard-edge painting throughout his career. By the mid-70s he returned permanently to gestural works, which consisted of “deep-black pools, rivers and geometric forms”, as described by Sarah Fillmore, chief curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. His diptych of 1987, consisting of ripples of black and white oil paint, demonstrates Hurtubise’s ”gestural splash that repeats with different forms and backgrounds."

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Jacques Hurtubise
(1939 - 2014)

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts there under Albert Dumouchel, Jacques de Tonnancour and Jean Simard. In 1958 he won a prize at the Montreal Spring Exhibition, and in 1960 the Max Beckman scholarship to study in New York City. He held his first solo show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1961 and subsequently held solo shows in Montreal, Toronto and New York City.

A non-objective painter his early abstract expressionistic paintings were noted by the Montreal Gazette in 1961 as follows, “Youthful experimentation and even bravado … brilliantly colourful and expansive.” Kay Kritzwiser during his joint exhibition with Marcel Barbeau in 1965 noted, “Hurtubise is more included to let his work read as landscape than as optical experiments. He uses colours in the same big areas but less impersonally. He places a soft mauve circle on black, with a thin white highlight, and the effect is somehow feminine. He makes rough black circles loom out of black background separated only by a tiny square of pale green.”

In 1965 he won first prize in the Province of Quebec competition and by 1966 he had attracted attention in New York City during his solo showing at the East Hapmton Gallery whose exhibition sheet carried the following note on his work, “His hard-edge paintings bear no resemblance to the well-known Canadians in this field, such as Barbeau, Molinari, or Tousignant. They are figure-ground, 2-colour abstractions. The jagged, all-over forms set up powerful vibrations that have an impact of shock.”

He is represented in the following collections: Quebec Provincial Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and many others. He was a resident artist for Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, 1967. He lived in Montreal.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume II”, compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1979