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Bolduc, David
Fram
1970

The diamond-shaped “Fram” features a deliberate spontaneity, a contained openness that sets David Bolduc apart from his Colour Field predecessors, such as his older friend Jack Bush. The pattern and saturated hues hark back to Matisse, whose 1970 centenary exhibition Bolduc had admired at the Grand Palais in Paris. The central fan motif, which recurs in other works from this period, “is `neither here nor there”; rather its importance is `as a carrier for colour.'” At the same time, the purely squeezed markings read as indecipherable signs, perhaps gleaned from his methodical work in the conservation department of the Royal Ontario Museum, or from his observations as a world traveller. In the 1970s, Bolduc described his paintings as “not really pictures, they’re imaginative mood things; one is creating something that is like a souvenir of something.”

 
Bolduc, David
born Toronto, Ontario 1945; died Toronto, Ontario 2010
Fram
1970
Acrylic on canvas
173.0 x 172.1 cm
Gift of Mrs. Ruth Soloway, 2012
55-004.03

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