WILLIAM PEREHUDOFF was born in 1918 in Langham, Saskatchewan and is one of Canada’s foremost modernist painters. With a career that has spanned six decades he is known primarily as a colorist and part of the Colour Field movement. His representation of space has often been influenced by the expanse of Canada’s prairies.
Perehudoff’s early interest in muralists like Diego Rivera took him to the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center to study with the eminent French muralist, Jean Charlot in 1949. In New York he studied with Amédée Ozenfant, one of the co-founders with Le Corbusier of Purism, an offshoot of Cubism.
In the early 60’s, Perehudoff’s direction turned to pure abstraction and he attended a variety of Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops including those led by New York critic, Clement Greenberg and artist Kenneth Noland.
William Perehudoff has exhibited internationally and his work is found in numerous public collections. He died at his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 26, 2013 at the age of 94.
2003 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
1998 The Order of Canada
1994 The Saskatchewan Order of Merit
2012 Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada
2011 Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011 Kamploops Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada
2011 Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2010 Mendel Art Gallery- Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
2008 Poussin Gallery, London, England
2007 Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, The Shape of Colour
2005 Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005
2006 Canada House, London, England, William Perehudoff, Colour Chording
2002 Post Painterly Abstraction of the Canadian Prairies
2002 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, William Perehudoff, Now and Then
2001-04 Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
2004 Clement Greenburg, A Critic’s Collection
2001 Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs
1994 Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1994 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
1993 The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK., William Perehudoff, Edmonton
1990 Waddington Gorce Inc., Montreal, PQ
1988 Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1982 Waddington Galleries, New York, N.Y.
1980/78 Meridith Long Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY
1976 Waddington-Tooth Gallery, London, UK
1977 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. 14
1977 Canadians, A Critic’s Choice, catalogue by Andrew Hudson
1974-76 Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York, NY
1948 Saskatoon Arts Centre, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Ontario
The Bank of Montreal
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Campbell Godfrey & Lewtas
Canada Council Art Bank
Coca Cola Inc.
Confederation Art Centre and Museum
Deacon Hodgson Inc.
The Edmonton Art Gallery
The Glenbow-Alberta Institute
Goodman & Goodman
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
Inner-City Gas Corporation
Kamloops Art Gallery
London Art Gallery
The MacKenzie Art Gallery
MDC Group of Companies
The Mendel Art Gallery
Mine Supply Company, Sask.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Art
The Museum of Civilization
Nabisco Food Brands
The National Gallery of Canada
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
Royal Bank of Canada
The Saskatchewan Arts Board
Shell Canada Ltd.
Toronto Dominion Bank
Tory, Tory, Deslauriers
United Financial Management Ltd.
University of Calgary
University of Lethbridge
Westburne Industrial Enterprises Ltd