Jacques Hurtubise

Tapocalips

1978
Although Jacques Hurtubise initially planned a much smaller painting, he felt compelled to increase its size to resolve its composition. Its immensity envelopes the viewer's peripheral vision, creating the sensation of a wave of colour travelling toward the spectator and reinforcing the artist's fascination with the natural landscape, which has always been paramount in his practice. Hurtubise's employment of the curvilinear line and gradation of tone introduces the notion of perspective and distance in his work. Although "Tapocalips" appears to be a fresh and spontaneous action painting, the artist exercised control over his composition, carefully reworking areas with charcoal and layers of paint to direct the eye over the surface.
Title
Tapocalips
Date
1978
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions
304.8 x 975.4 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of René Després, Repentiqny, Quebec, 2012
Accession number
45759.1-6