Wilf Perreault, "Burning Bright," 2013, acrylic, 27.75" x 43".
Wilf Perreault was born in Albertville, Saskatchewan in 1947. While growing up in Saskatoon, he received private art lessons from the great Saskatchewan painter, Ernst Lindner. Perreault’s formal art training began at the University of Saskatchewan, where his interest in representational painting conflicted with the New York-style abstraction, which was prevalent in Saskatchewan at that time.
After graduation (BFA in 1970, BEd in 1971), Perreault relocated to Regina to teach art at the high school level. With thoughts of returning to representational painting, he began to search the city for inspirational subject matter. He unexpectedly found his muse in a back alley one day, where he had stopped to look at the reflection of sky and buildings in a puddle. Looking up, he saw, not a typical Regina back lane, but a hidden cityscape that captured his imagination. By portraying the back lane at different times of the day and year, this subject has sustained his interest throughout a long career.