"After Rilke III"
Pierre Coupey, "After Rilke III," oil on canvas over panel, diptych 20" x 40".
Pierre Coupey, founding editor of The Capilano Review and co-founder of The Georgia Straight, has been a practicing writer, printmaker and painter since the early 1960s. In the mid 1970s he made the pivotal decision to focus his energies primarily on visual art, that is, the ‘wordless’ activity of painting.
Although the influence and importance of literature in his life and work cannot be denied, these exhibitions look at Coupey’s trajectory as a painter over the last four decades, on the contradictions and tensions deeply embedded in his abstract canvases, and his decision to metaphorically obey Matisse’s impossible admonition to ‘cut out the tongue’ and paint. The two exhibitions run concurrently at the West Vancouver Museum in West Vancouver and the Art Gallery at Evergreen in Coquitlam.
The exhibitions are accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with an essay by Lary Timewell Bremner.