A-B+Gs-3 Yves Gaucher, A-B+Gs-3, 1983.

Yves Gaucher


Chosen by: Landon Mackenzie, Artist

“When I was an emerging painter and teacher in Montreal in the late 70′s and early 80′s, I was mentored by two great men, Yves Gaucher and Guido Molinari who both taught at Concordia University. At some point they had had a bitter disagreement and falling-out, so there was dramatic tension between these two legendary formalists and stripe painters, yet they both gave so much. Yves’s work is so subtle and beautiful, you can’t read it on the web. The only way to get it is to stand with it, feel the tension between the closely matched tonal values in the colours. Yves hung a show in the early eighties of works such as this one in Toronto. He hung the paintings a few inches off the ground with unusual spacing between pictures. It really woke me up; I’ll never forget it.”

Yves Gaucher, A-B+Gs-3, 1983. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gift of J. Ron and Jacqueline Longstaffe.  

In addition to being an artist, Landon Mackenzie is a professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. A number of her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Gallery. Most recently her work Tracking Athabasca (Space Station)…Falls Said To Be The Largest in the known World So Far was shown in the exhibition PAINT, in 2006-2007.

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