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 Andre Fauteux  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada      Known for: abstract welded steel sculpture

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André Fauteux is a Canadian artist born in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada on March 15, 1946,[1] who now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Fauteux is a sculptor known for his abstract welded steel sculpture, which relates to Geometric abstraction. His modernist sculptures are also related to the Formalist ideas associated with Clement Greenberg.

Fauteux was raised by his mother, Lyle Secord Fauteux, Nee Ferguson, in Hamilton, Ontario, who encouraged his artistic endeavors.

Fauteux attended Upper Canada College in Toronto as a boy, where Vernon Mould taught him painting.[3] He next studied art at Central Technical School in Toronto, Ontario, principally with Robert Ross and Winston Laurence, in the mid 1960s.

Following this period of study at Central Technical School, he moved to Ibiza, Spain in 1967, where he met other artists, including Graham Coughty and Gordon Rayner. While in Ibiza, he painted and only began sculpture after his return move to Toronto in 1969. His first work was made of wood. Fauteux worked at a Toronto gallery owned by Av Isaacs in the late 1960s. In 1970, he received his first Canada Council for the Arts grant. Fauteux worked with Anthony Caro (York University, 1974–75). He showed with the Sable Castelli Gallery in the Yorkville area for over 25 years. In New York City, he showed with William Edward O’Reilly Gallery. In 1987, André was chosen by Helen Frankenthaler as one of five artists chosen to receive the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Awards presented at the Guggenheim Museum. Also in 1987, he participated Triangle Barcelona, Casa de la Caridad, Barcelona, where he made a large circular sculpture that is now a Holocaust Memorial in the Parc de la Ciutadella.

Fauteux returned to Spain in 1990 to make sculptures at the Centre D’ART la Rectoria, Sant Pere Villamajor, Catalonia.

Fauteux sculptures are spare in form but intense in clarity of emotive force. Fauteux sculpture deals with itself and not external subjects and is a part of a modernism, which is an international contemporary aesthetic. The spaces within his sculptures suggest a space that one can penetrate visually but is held out of physically. Often there is a rhythmic quality made of repeated elements and over-lapping sections, found in a group of pyramid galvanized sculptures made in 1976 (Triangle no. 1) and in pieces such as Verve 1975, Moro 1977, and Rosalino Roll, 1977, a clean flow between the elements within the sculpture suggest passages in communication with each other, in such work as Blacksmith 1974, Empire 1976, and Fountain of Irony 1987.

Fauteux has also used other materials including rubber in a group of works made in Chicago, Illinois in the 1990s; such as La Salle Loop, of gum rubber and brass. Recent sculpture has been colored with multiple layers of polychrome color and iridescent pigments, on top of coated galvanized steel and with some elements which are dipped in chrome and therefore very shiny.

Selected public collections
    •    The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
    •    The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario.
    •    The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
    •    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    •    The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa.
    •    The Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Kingston, Ontario.
    •    The Douglas Duncan Collection, National Gallery, Ottawa.
    •    Innis College, University of Toronto.
    •    The Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
    •    The City of Barcelona, Spain.
    •    The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    •    La Rectoria, Sant Pere Villamajor, Barcelona, Spain.
    •    Lakehead Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
    •    Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario.
    •    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.
    •    Musee d’art contemporain, Montreal.
    •    Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    •    University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge Alta.
    •    York University, Dept. of Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario.
Fauteux's art work is held in major public collections across North America and abroad in Spain.

    •    Canada Council Grants
    •    Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Award (1987) Guggenheim Museum; André Fauteux, was chosen by Helen Frankenthaler as one of five artists chosen to receive the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation Awards presented at the Guggenheim Museum.


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