A Celebration of Paintings by Harold Klunder
This exhibition presents a selection of works by artist Harold Klunder drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection holdings.
One of Canada’s leading painters, Harold Klunder followed the tradition of abstract expressionism , with its emphasis on the intense materiality of paint and the power of colour. He is well known for his richly textured, complex abstract canvases that are built up slowly over time, sometimes taking several years to complete. Klunder explores the world around him through lush colours and organic shapes, while his combining non-figurative and representational elements within a single dynamic image directly relates his work to such painters as Willem De Kooning and Vincent Van Gogh.
His pictures exemplify Canadian contemporary life by weaving together references to both natural and urban life, anonymous people, and self-portraits. Klunder’s range of brush marks, laid broad or as narrow as a calligraphic line, plays against the thinness, the thickness, the nearness, and the distance of passages of paint. Through his intuition, composition, and technique, his images simultaneously appear in constant motion even while each element in the picture has stability and gravity.
Born in The Netherlands in 1943, Klunder emigrated to Canada in 1952. He received his art education at Toronto’s Central Technical School where he studied under noted artists Doris McCarthy, Charles Goldhammer, and Virginia Luz. He maintains studios in Montreal (Quebec), Flesherton (Ontario) and Pouch Cove (Newfoundland). He has exhibited constantly for more than four decades since his first solo show in 1976, and his paintings are held in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Museum London, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, among many others.
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.