Jacques Hurtubise, 1960
Jacques Hurtubise is a painter and a printmaker. He was born in Montreal in 1939. He studied with Albert Dumouchel and Jacques de Tonnancour at Montreal’s École des beaux-arts from 1956 to 1960 and then spent a year in New York City from 1960 to 1961. He taught for the Montreal Catholic School Commission from 1961 to 1965. He was an artist in residence in Darmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 1967. He now lives in Nova Scotia.
Hurtubise holds fast to his Montreal roots and to the work of his contemporaries Guido Molinari and Claude Tousignant, who were similarly painting in a geometric fashion.
Balancing “reason” and “passion” and inspired by his admiration of Constructivist artists such as Kasimir Malevich, Jacques Hurtubise delivers rationally structured surfaces with sometimes the look of gestural, spontaneous action, which was prompted by his contact with New York abstract artist in the 1960s.
Hurtubise exhibited in New York City in a solo at the East Hampton Gallery. He also has participated in many group shows including the Biennal of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Fifth, Sixth, biennials of Canadian Art.
In 1965, Hurtubise won the first prize in a province-wide competition, which launched Hurtubise on a prolific exploration of abstraction and expressionism.
Hurtubise is represented in the following collections, Quebec Provincial Museum; Sir George Williams University, Montreal; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal; Saskatoon Art Center, Sask.; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa etc.
Source: Anne Newlands, Canadian art from its beginnings to 2000, Firefly, 2000 ; Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian art, volume two/G-K, Ottawa, 1994 ; Colin S. Macdonald, A dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume 2, 1977