Stanza XXVII
Oil on Arches paper : 23 x 30 inches ( 58 x 76 cm )
Inventory # 18371
Pierre Coupey
Canadian, b. 1942

Pierre Coupey was raised and educated in Montreal. He graduated from Lower Canada College and received his BA from McGill University, and then studied drawing at the Académie Julian and printmaking at the Atelier 17 in Paris. He received his MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Printmaking from the Art Institute, Capilano University.

He was a founding Co-editor of The Georgia Straight and the founding Editor of The Capilano Review. His work has received awards, grants, and commissions, including grants from the Conseil des Arts du Québec, the Canada Council, and the British Columbia Arts Council. He has published several books of poetry, and exhibited internationally. Major public collections include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery

Coupey explores a nexus of emotional, cultural, technical and aesthetic challenges. Colour, texture, and scale are often punctuated with allusions to, and quotations from, a range of classic, modern, and contemporary poets. In Coupey's Field paintings, he focuses on the field in all forms and meanings; the fields of the Prairies, France and Ukraine, the field of battle, field of knowledge, the field of experience, the field of the past, and the field of language.  Language is integral to his art and is pronounced through line, indecipherable script, and symbols. The lines inscribed in red paint from his Field paintings were inspired by Erin Moure's 'The Unmemntioable' (Anansi, 2012), book of poems that cross "borders of culture and memory" in multiple languages.

​Coupey's 2017 solo exhibition, Across | Between | Within, will feature new paintings in which the artist continues to explore intensities of mark-making and layered, structured colour. This intuitive series examines a non-linear style, which the artist refers to as “clusters”. Coupey's colourful and emphatic application transcend an underlying spiritual observation that entice viewers to contemplate the value of intuition and mystery. His assertive clusters created by a vibrant palette maintain a rhythmic and momentous style.

Read Pierre Coupey: Beyond the borders published October 12, 2017 in New York based art journal, Two Coats of Paint. Essary written by Dion Kliner.

 

Selected Awards/ Grants/ Commissions

2015

Painting Commission, 745 Thurlow, Vancouver, BC

2013 Distinguished Artist Award (Visual & Literary Arts), FANS, North Vancouver, BC
  Exhibitions Grant, Audain Foundation for the Arts, Vancouver, BC
2003 Aichi Gakusen Faculty Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Millenium Print Project, North Vancouver Arts Council, Vancouver, BC
1998 Exhibitions Grant, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
1996-97 Visual Arts Grant, British Columbia Arts Council, Vancouver, BC
1986 Mural Commission, The Prow Restaurant, Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
1980-81 Visual Arts Grant, Canada Council

Notable Public Collections

Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
Artists for Kids Trust, North Vancouver
Burnaby Art Gallery
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
Capilano University, North Vancouver
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
City of North Vancouver
Contemporary Art Gallery (City of Vancouver)
District of North Vancouver
District of West Vancouver
Kamloops Art Gallery
Kelowna Art Gallery
Lions Gate Hospital Art Collection
Maltwood Gallery (Coast Art Trust), Victoria
Nanaimo Art Gallery
North Vancouver Arts Council
North Vancouver Museum
North Vancouver School District
Province of British Columbia, Canada
Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby
St Paul's Hospital Foundation, Vancouver
Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George
University of Alberta Art Collection, Edmonton
University of Guelph Collection / Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery 
University of Victoria Art Collections
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver General Hospital Foundation
West Vancouver Museum 
West Vancouver School District

Notable Corporate Collections

Aldo Group, Montreal
Barometer Capital, Toronto
bcIMC, Vancouver
Christopher Investments, Vancouver
Citibank Canada, Toronto
College & Institute Educators Association, Vancouver
Denbigh Fine Art Services, Vancouver
Hyatt Regency, New Orleans
Image This Photo, Vancouver
Kernaghan Adjusters, Vancouver
Koerner Graduate Student Center, UBC, Vancouver
Lower Canada College, Montreal
McCullough O’Connor Irwin, Vancouver
McGill Student Society, McGill University, Montreal
Metrix Insurance, Vancouver
North Shore News, North Vancouver
Protechnical Insurance, Vancouver
RSVP Reservations, Vancouver
Securiguard Services, Vancouver
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto
Larry Young & Associates, Vancouver

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Across | Between | Within, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2016 New Work, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
2014 Measures, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2013 Cutting Out the Tongue: Selected Work 1976-2012, Art Gallery at Evergreen / West Vancouver Museum
  Field Work, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
2011 Featured Artist, Gallery Jones, West Vancouver, BC
2010 Between Memory and Perception, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
  Projects, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2008 Counterpoint, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
2006 Tangle, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
  Requiem Notations I-IX, Richmond Art Gallery (Gateway Theatre)
2004 Paintings / Prints, West Vancouver City Hall
  BlackWhiteGrey, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  Artist in Residence, The Urban Garage, West Vancouver
2002 Notations: Recent Work, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 Requiem Notations I-IX, Art Gallery at Evergreen, Coquitlam, BC
1998 Notations 1994-1998, Canadian Embassy Gallery, Tokyo
  Work from the Notations Series, Montgomery Fine Art, Vancouver, BC
1997 Work in Process: Drawings, Proofs, Prints, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1995 Notations 12-15 (For Eva), Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  From the 80’s: Trellis, Wedge, Montgomery Fine Art, Vancouver, BC
  From the 70’s: Selected Journal Drawings / New Work on Paper, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Notations: Painting the Lion from a Claw, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
1992 Recent Work: Prints, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
1991 Paintings 1970-1990, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1990 Variations done for bpNichol, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
1988 Pierre Coupey: Recent Works, Surrey Art Gallery, BC
1987 A Book of Days I-XII, Crown Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1982 Recent Paintings, Studio Nine Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Journal Drawing Series, The Gallery, Scarborough College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
1981 Seven Paintings, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  New Work 1980-1981, cPresentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012-15 Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2015 30 Years, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  Small Works: Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
2014 Gallery Jones: Celebrating 10 Years, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
  West Coast Innovators, West Vancouver Library / West Vancouver Museum, BC
  The And of the Land, West Vancouver Museum, BC
  The Material Form: Contemporary Abstract Painting, Gallery Jones, Vancouver
2011 The Point Is, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
  The Artist's Circle, West Vancouver Museum / Harmony Arts Festival, BC
  Manifestos Now!, Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
2010 Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, West Vancouver, BC
2009 Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
  Coast Art Trust: Works, Art Gallery at Evergreen, Coquitlam, BC
2007 Coast Art Trust: Early Works, North Vancouver Museum, BC
2006 New Acquisitions: City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
2004 Totally Manipulated: Digital Art, Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  Celebrating 20 Years of Printmaking, Grand Forks Art Gallery, BC
2003 Celebrating 20 Years of Printmaking, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
2002 Art Institute Prints, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland
2001 Prints from Canada’s Pacific Province, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
  Youthful Visions, Artists for Kids Trust Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  Printmaking Possibilities: Photo/Digital, Capilano University Art Gallery, BC
  Common Ground, Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2000 From the Collection: Dispatches & Inscriptions, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  Impressions and Expressions, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  Reflections of Place, West Vancouver Museum, BC
  First Folio, Sunshine Coast Art Center, Sechelt
1996 The Chair, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1995 Works on Paper: Canadian, American & European Artists, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993 Abstraction: Which Way from Here? Canada Trust Tower, Calgary, AB
  Prints from the Art Institute, Canadian Consulate, Nagoya, Japan
1980 Salon des Refusés 1980, Soames-Dunn Building, Seattle
1979 Affinities: Ten Painters of this Region, Vancouver Art Gallery, BC
1978 Three Person Show, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1972 The Private Patron: BC Art, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
  Microprosophus: International Concrete Poetry Show, Evergreen State College, Evergreen, Washington
1969 Three Person Show, Bau Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  Group Show, Bau Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1968 Two Person Show, Graduate Student Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  Festival of Technology & Art, Ryerson Institute of Technology, Toronto, ON
1964 J.A.M.M. Collects, Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC
  Quebec Painters under Thirty, Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC

Education

1992 Certificate (Printmaking), Art Institute, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC
1971 Master of Arts (English / Creative Writing), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
1964-65 Académie Julian (Drawing) / Atelier 17 (Printmaking), Paris, France
1964 Bachelor of Arts (English / Creative Writing), McGill University, Montreal, QC
1960 Senior Matriculation, Lower Canada College, Montreal, QC
1959 Junior Matriculation, Lower Canada College, Montreal, QC