Yves Gaucher

Canadian artist , RCA, Canadian Order, Montreal Association of painting and engraving of Montreal

Yves Gaucher

Yves Gaucher was born in Montreal in 1934. He attended the College Jean de Brébeuf from where he was expelled for having drawn an immoral image, copied from his books of ancient Greek and Egyptian art. He continued at Sir Georges William College from where he received his first art course.

Yves Gaucher was first drawn to music and wanted to pursue a career as a radio announcer. Then he worked for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Line in a bureaucratic position.

It was during a meeting with Arthur Lismer that Yves Gaucher decided to enroll, in 1954, at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. He was expelled two years later because he only attended the courses of interest to him. He continues his training in a self-taught way. Gaucher then returned to take courses at the Fine Arts under the teachings of Albert Dumouchel in printmaking.

His career began with his first exhibition at the Galerie d'Échange in Montreal in 1957. Yves Gaucher then became president and founder of the Paintings-Engravings Associations of Montreal in 1960.

He went to Paris with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 1962. It was at this time that he began to create works of irregular geometry and with contrasting colors. Little by little, Gaucher abandoned engraving to concentrate on painting. In 1966, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale alongside Alex Colville and Sorel Etrog.

He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1981. He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Canada.

Yves Gaucher died in Montreal in 2000.

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