Odon Wagner Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings for contemporary Canadian artist, Pierre Coupey.
ACROSS | BETWEEN | WITHIN by Pierre Coupey runs October 13 - November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 - 9 pm
“There is never any question of what to paint only how to paint." - Robert Ryman
With these words in mind, Odon Wagner Contemporary is excited to present the latest series of paintings by Pierre Coupey. Across | Between | Within is an intuitive series that examines a non-linear style, which the artist refers to as “clusters”. The culmination of Coupey’s painterly and poetic exploration embodies his significant sixty year history in painting. Over the years, the artist has rejected falling into a singular aesthetic, continuously pushing himself to evolve creatively. His assertive clusters created by a vibrant palette and gestural application maintain a rhythmic and momentous style. In this series, Coupey’s paintings are a performance of sort; each piece is technical, yet a freeing experience that stretches beyond its surface. His colourful and emphatic gestures transcend an underlying spiritual observation that entice viewers to contemplate the value of intuition and mystery. His presence appears through thin layers of dripping paint that literally falls off the canvas.
Pierre Coupey was raised and educated in Montreal. He graduated from Lower Canada College and received his BA from McGill University, and then studied drawing at the Académie Julian and printmaking at the Atelier 17 in Paris. He received his MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Printmaking from the Art Institute, Capilano University.
Coupey was a founding co-editor of The Georgia Straight and the founding editor of The Capilano Review. His work has received awards, grants, and commissions, including grants from the Conseil des Arts du Québec, the Canada Council, and the British Columbia Arts Council. He has published several books of poetry, and exhibited internationally.
His work has been exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally, and is represented in private collections in Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe, and in corporate, university and public collections across Canada. Major public collections include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery.