Canadian Art Select Online Auction
March 10 — 15, 2018
Auction begins to close at 12 am ET
PAUL FOURNIER, R.C.A.
Private Collection, Toronto
Karen Wilken, “On Paul Fournier,” Paul Fournier: Realms of Being, Han Art Gallery, Montreal, 2015.
Paul Fournier, Paul Fournier: Beneath and Beyond, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, 2012.
In Tarawa Passage, brushstrokes in shades of indigo, cerulean, and turquoise sweep across the canvas converging with an array of dazzling colours in the top right corner. Like so many of Paul Fournier’s (b.1939) dynamic abstractions, his inspiration for Tarawa Passage derives from nature; in this case, the colours and atmosphere of the tropics. Throughout Fournier’s career, he has sought to explore nature’s poetic and spiritual dimensions while reveling in the materiality of paint. According to Karen Wilken, Fournier’s “passionate dialogue with both nature and the stuff of painting links even his most diverse works…[They are] joyous metaphors for intense feelings about the natural world.”