Concrete Contemporary Art Online Auction

April 13, 2017

LOT 52
  • WILLIAM PEREHUDOFF, R.C.A. (1918-2013)
  • WILLIAM PEREHUDOFF, R.C.A. (1918-2013)
  • WILLIAM PEREHUDOFF, R.C.A. (1918-2013)




acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 1980 on the reverse; condition noted
30 ins x 29.5 ins; 76.2 cms x 74.9 cms

Estimate $4,000-$5,000

Realised: $7,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

William Perehudoff was one of Canada’s most distinguished color field painters who combined his experiences in the prairies of Saskatoon with abstract forms. He was heavily influenced by American post-war artists Will Barnet and Kenneth Noland, and critic Clement Greenberg, who he met at the Emma Lake Workshops in the 1940s and 50s. The Emma Lake Workshops were a professional training initiative at the University of Saskatchewan led by over eighty artists and critics from around North America. In 1988 he became a leader of the workshop himself.

Each decade of painting produced a unique body of artwork examining color, texture, and form. Perehudoff’s mature working method was distinctive: he would paint on unstretched canvas on the floor while listening to classical music. Karen Wilkin, curator of Perehudoff’s retrospective, explained that the aim of his abstractions “...[was] plainly not to replicate appearances but rather to stir our emotions through wordless relationships of color, eloquent intervals, thoughtfully deployed shapes, and nuanced surfaces.”


Private Collection, London, U.K.