Artwork by William Perehudoff,  AC-85-10

William Perehudoff

acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 1985 on the reverse
53 x 37 ins ( 134.6 x 94 cms )

Auction Estimate: $22,000.00$18,000.00 - $22,000.00

Price Realized $33,600.00
Sale date: December 6th 2023

Waddington Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
William Perehudoff began his artistic career as a watercolourist while continuing to experiment with opacity in pigments throughout his later career as a Color-field painter. Using unprimed canvases, the artist applied a thin paint application that was absorbed into the raw linen. In “AC-85-10”, a wash of blue-grey pigments creates a soft foundation layer to the composition. Producing vibrant contrast and energy, the artist then applied bright vertical and horizontal bars of intense red, orange and pink across the canvas. These thick strokes of colour, painted with a glossy, tactile surface, appear to be floating in the calm grey space behind them, creating an alluring three-dimensional effect.

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William Perehudoff
(1919 - 2013) RCA

William Perehudoff was born in Langham, Saskatchewan and maintained a connection to this area throughout his life. In 1944, the Saskatoon Art Centre opened, and this provided Perehudoff with early and important access to art. Within a couple of years he was exhibiting regularly in group exhibitions such as the Saskatoon Exhibition and the Art Centre fall show. Throughout this phase of his development as an artist, he farmed in the summer and devoted himself to painting and his art education in the winter. Like many artists of the time, Perehudoff had been influenced by the motivations and methodologies of social realist artists such as Diego Rivera.  Perehudoff took instruction from the influential French muralist Jean Charlot, as well as Amédé Ozenfant in New York, the French Purist and associate of Le Corbusier.  Kenneth Noland, a very important colour field painter, was also a major influence to his work. Since the 1960s, Perehudoff was a central figure in Canadian abstraction. The effect of the flat plains and open skies that are so dramatically present throughout Saskatchewan seem to be detectable in his work. William Perehudoff received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1994 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Regina in 2003. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998.