Collage on paper by Yves Trudeau – Titled: Lizard VI, 1975

Original artwork on paper by Yves Trudeau – Titled: Lezarde VI dated 1975 (Lizard)

Collage on Rolland GloWhite paper signed and dated by the artist in pencil on lower right, titled on lower left and inscribed “Collage” in lower middle.

Not framed with mat (passe-partout)

Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.3 cm – 8 x 8 in.

Yves Trudeau has experimented with folding paper (origami) and collages. Some sculptures are inspired by his paper folds, as well as some collages are an inspiration in his relief sculptures.

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Yves TRUDEAU  (1930 – 2017) – Joseph Roger Mario Yves Trudeau

Yves Trudeau was born in Montreal in 1930 and died in 2017 in that same city. He had also a pied-à-terre in the Eastern Townships for many years and his career expanded over more than 55 years. Yves Trudeau largely contributed to increasing the influence of sculpture in Quebec and in Canada, through his exceptional achievements, his integration into Quebec architecture as well as his great commitment in the artistic and social field.

He studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and began his career at the end of the 1950s where he became known for his bronze sculptures in the shape of a stylized spirals, then, in the 1960s, for his creations like “Iron and wood”, to which he gives a highly symbolic charge. He also took a ceramic course with Gaétan Beaudin until 1960.

Throughout his work, Trudeau draws inspiration from ideas of architectural relics, discourses and statements surrounding the social, and currents such as the Hard Edge and minimalism.

Alternating between anthropomorphic and organic forms, the works of the 1960s bear witness to a gradual abandonment of figurative representation. In the geometric and abstract series of the 1970s, it is the composition of the work that circumscribes the space: wooden triangles completely cover a surface, interrupted only by a curve or a straight line, or even by a slightly curved line. . These works painted in white to better capture the play of light and shadow sometimes contain graffiti of a social or political nature. In the 80s and early 90s, Trudeau created sculptures of smaller dimensions, but with monumental forms, revealing his interest in the exploration of space in relation always to geometric and organic forms.

He also experimented with painting and other media and techniques such as ceramics, drawing, folding paper (origami) and collages.

Sources: Ref Article by Louise Beaudry Online publication date March 4, 2008, Mertro de Montreal, Concordia Unv. Wikipedia and Ysebaert Louisseize Arts

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