1945 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
2010 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Ontario / Canada/France
Courtesy of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (c.2006).
Often Known For
abstract, fauve painting, portrait, figure, landscape and street scene, teaching
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|David Bolduc (1945 – 2010)|
A prominent Canadian painter, printmaker, draftsman, illustrator, sculptor and educator, David Bolduc (AKA: David Wayne Bolduc) was born in Toronto, Ontario, lived there for much of his life and died there. Since the mid 1960s, his art has been included in dozens of exhibitions at important venues, and examples of his work have been collected by almost every major Canadian art museum. (1)
His mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache*, pastel*, ink, wax crayon, graphite*, collage*, stencil, serigraph*, lithograph*, monotype*, woodcut*, etching*, rope, wood, mirrors, mixed mediums and hand-made books. As an abstractionist, his subjects are primarily shape, color and texture. As a Fauvist, his subjects are portraits, faces, figures, genre*, flowers, trees, lakes, rivers, seascapes, landscapes, and street scenes. His styles include Fauvism*, Cubism*, Abstract Expressionism*, Geometric Abstraction*, Minimalism*, Hard Edge Painting*, and Color Field Painting*. AskART has some good illustrations of a range of his most recognizable work.
His formal art education included the Artists Workshop, Toronto (c. 1960); the Ontario College of Art*, Toronto (1962 – 1963); and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School (1964 – 1965), where he studied under Jean Goguen and Arthur Lismer. Some frequently mentioned Bolduc influences are Jack Bush, Jules Olitski, and Oriental rug designs. (2)
Bolduc’s teaching career included positions at York University, Toronto (1971 – 1975); the Ontario College of Art, Toronto (1972 – 1975 and 1980); and Concordia University, Montreal (1986). He also taught, at various times, at the New School, Toronto; the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Halifax; the University of Southern Alberta, Calgary/Lethbridge; Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario; and Mount Alison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. (3)
His first group exhibitions, took place in Montreal in the mid 1960s, his first solo show was at the Elysee Theatre (Montreal) in 1966. Since then his works have been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1984 and 2003); the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1967); the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (1968, 1975, 1989, 1994, 1995 and 1997); the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (1970); the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (1972, 1973 and 1977); the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan (1972); the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France (1977); the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (1980); the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1981); the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario (1981); Canada House, London, England (1982); and the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida (2002).
His works were also included in the 7th Biennial of Canadian Painting at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1968); “Canadian Art Today” at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France (1970); “14 Canadians: A Critic’s Choice” at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.(1977); and in “Twentieth Century Canadian Painting” at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (1981).
He’s had solo exhibitions at Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick (1975); MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan (1976); and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta (1981).
Since 1966, his latest works have continuously been exhibited, right up to his death, in solo and group exhibitions at prominent commercial galleries across Canada and around the world. The venues have included Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto; Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto; David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto; Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto; Klonaridis Inc., Toronto; Moore Gallery, Hamilton and Toronto; Galerie Gilles Gheerbrant, Montreal; Galerie Jolliette, Quebec City; Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary; Baird Gallery, St.John’s, Nfld.; Diane Brown Gallery, Washington, D.C; Watson/de Nagy & Co., Houston, Texas; Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Cutler/Stavaridis Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts; Gallery Seven, Hong Kong; Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg, Germany; Waddington Gorce, Boca Raton, Florida; Gallery 706, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Espace Othello, Essaouira, Morocco; and Galeria Alternativa, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Bolduc’s art is in numerous private, corporate and museum collections. According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, his works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, New Brunswick), Joliette Art Museum (Quebec), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario), Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Quebec), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Museum London (Ontario), Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, Alberta), Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, N.B.), Quebec Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec City), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario), Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), The Market Gallery (Toronto), University of Lethbridge Art Gallery (Lethbridge, Alberta), Vancouver Art Gallery (B.C.), Winnipeg Art Gallery (Manitoba), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
Examples of his work as an illustrator and co-creator of handmade books can be seen in the publications: Paris & London (1971), by David Rosenberg; An Ache in the Ear: 1966 – 1976 (1979), by Wayne Clifford; The Pear Tree Pomes (1987), by Roy Kiyooka [see AskART]; Honeymoon Suite (1990), by Victor Coleman; The Brick Reader (1991), by Linda Spalding and Michael Ondaatje; The Monkey King & Other Stories (1995), edited by Griffin Ondaatje; The Great Tree (1997), by Michael Ondaatje; What We Lost (1998), by Michael Ondaatje; Letter Drop: An Alphabet of Lipograms (2000), by Victor Coleman; The Story (2006), by Michael Ondaatje; and in The Occasional Troubadour (2006), by Victor Coleman. (4)
Bolduc’s awards include a Canada Council* grant in 1968.
1. ‘During the 1990s Bolduc lived and worked mainly in Paris, then Morocco with extended stays in India, China, and Sri Lanka.’ His previous travels included Europe, Russia, Turkey, Nepal, India and Uzbekistan (1968 – 1969); England, France, Spain and Italy (1970); North Africa (1980); India (1981); and Nicaragua (1983). He also made frequent trips across Canada and travelled in Mexico. Sources: The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art*; and the “Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa: Canadian Art Volume One A – F” (see AskART book references).
2. Please note: All artists and teachers mentioned in this biography and its footnotes have their own pages in AskART.
3. Please note: There are slight variations between sources (no more than a year) in the dates Bolduc studied and taught at various schools, without prejudice, we have chosen to use those provided by the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art*, with one exception – his time at the Artists Workshop is not given by the CCCA so we have used the approximate date of 1960 provided by the MacDonald dictionary.
4. In some sources, the last word in the title of the book written by Roy Kiyooka and illustrated by Bolduc – The Pear Tree Pomes – is misspelled as “Poems”. The correct word is “pomes” – the botanical term for the category of fruit which includes the pear and apple. Source: Amazon and Merriam-Webster.
Abstract Painting in Canada (2008), by Roald Nasgaard (see AskART book references)
Benezit Dictionary of Artists (2006), English version (see AskART book references)
Biographical Index of Artists in Canada (2003), by Evelyn de Rostaing McMann (see AskART book references)
The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists A to F 5th edition (1997), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references)
Art and Architecture in Canada (1991), by Loren R. Lerner and Mary F. Williamson (see AskART book references)
A Concise History of Canadian Painting, Second Edition (1988), by Dennis Reid (see AskART book references)
Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa: Canadian Art Volume One A – F (1988), general editors Charles C. Hill and Pierre B. Landry (see AskART book references)
The Best Contemporary Canadian Art (1987), by Joan Murray (see AskART book references)
Visions – Contemporary Art in Canada (1983), edited by Robert Bringhurst, et al. (see AskART book references)
Contemporary Canadian Art (1983), by David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff (see AskART book references)
The Index of Ontario Artists (1978), edited by Hennie Wolff (see AskART book references)
Canadian Art Today (1970), by William Townsend (see AskART book references)
Canadian Heritage Information Network*
Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art*
Art Gallery of Ontario (catalogue summaries online)
Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (catalogue summaries online)
David Bolduc website
* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see AskART.com. Glossary http://www.askart.com/AskART/lists/Art_Definition.aspx.
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.
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