Jacques Hurtubise

Edited by Sarah Fillmore

Jacques Hurtubise
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Showcasing the major career highlights and some of the most recent work of abstract painter Jacques Hurtubise, this lavishly illustrated bilingual volume captures the key works of Hurtubise’s formidable fifty-plus year career, many of which have never been brought together ... Read more


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Showcasing the major career highlights and some of the most recent work of abstract painter Jacques Hurtubise, this lavishly illustrated bilingual volume captures the key works of Hurtubise’s formidable fifty-plus year career, many of which have never been brought together in a major exhibition or publication.

This exceptional collection offers new insight into the development of Hurtubise’s paintings — from the early graphic abstract paintings in the 1960s and 1970s to the mask to the brushy and stencil work of his blackout paintings. His latest map-based work, which brings together the passion of his "sun" series and the exotic and hypnotic lines of his "masks" and "splash" paintings, brings his mastery of the medium to the fore.

An abstract painter who followed a generation of plasticiens, Hurtubise’s bright, geometric patterning have often prompted comparisons to peers Claude Tousignant, Guido Moinari, and Yves Gaucher.

This book includes five major, groundbreaking essays on his work by Québec curator Bernard Lamarche,; artist, writer, and critic Jeffrey Spalding; art critic René Viau; Sarah Fillmore, the editor of the book and curator of the exhibition that accompanies this major publication; and art historian Nathalie Miglioni.

Cette monographie abondamment illustrée présente les principaux jalons de plus de cinquante ans de carrière de l’artiste Jacques Hurtubise. On y recense sa production actuelle ainsi que ses œuvres phares, dont un grand nombre n’avaient jamais éunies auparavant.

La compilation exceptionnelle permet de mieux comprendre l’évolution d’Hurtubise, depuis ses premiers travaux graphiques des années 1960 et 1970 jusqu’à ses masques, ses tableaux aux traits ardents et le recours au stencil dans sa série Blackout. Ses œuvres plus récentes réalisées à partir de cartes routières — qui allient la passion qui habite ses « soleils » et les lignes exotiques et hypnotiques de ses « masques » et de ses « éclaboussures » — témoignent de sa pleine maîtrise des techniques les plus variées.

Les formes géométriques abstraites aux couleurs vives de cet artiste qui a succédé à la génération des plasticiens ont souvent suscité des comparaisons avec Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari et Yves Gaucher.

L’ouvrage Jacques Hurtubise propose des textes des conservateurs d’exposition Sarah Fillmore et Bernard Lamarche, des auteurs et critiques Jeffrey Spalding et René Viau, et de l’historienne de l’art Nathalie Miglioni. Sarah Fillmore est conservatrice en chef du Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Sarah Fillmore

Sarah Fillmore is Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Programming at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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