Artist-Info - William Perehudoff (1918-2013) - Assiniboia Gallery

William Perehudoff (1918-2013)



Artist William Perehudoff was born in the Doukhobor community in Langham, Saskatchewan in 1919. He studied art in Colorado Springs, New York and Pittsburgh and travelled and studied in Europe. He returned to Saskatchewan in the early 1950s and worked as a commercial artist for the Western Producer for 25 years. During that time, he was active in the Emma Lake artists’ workshops and developed his personal style of painting. He was encouraged by Fred Mendel, founder of the Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon. After initial work in landscape painting and murals, he turned to the international abstract style of art that established his reputation across Canada.

William Perehudoff is considered one of Canada’s leading abstract painters, combining international modernism with regional subjects in a unique form. He received a University of Alberta national award in painting (1978) and the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal (1993) and was named a Member of the Order of Canada (1998).

On February 26, 2013, William Perehudoff passed away in Saskatoon at the age of 94.

Selected Media
- Press -
“William Perehudoff, 94, a Saskatchewan Artist who Built a National Reputation,” The Globe and Mail, March 13, 2013
Arabella Magazine, Spring 2013
“Reviews,” Galleries West Magazine, December 2011
“Determination Saves Historic Murals,” StarPhoenix, December 24, 2009
“Three Generations of Abstract Art,” StarPhoenix, May 11, 2004
“Prairie Fields of Colour,” National Post, April 15, 2004
“Visual Hearts: William Perehudoff and Dorothy Knowles,” Galleries West Magazine, August 2003

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
American Express
Argus Corporation
Art Gallery of Alberta
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Windsor
Bank of Montreal
Bank of Nova Scotia
Canada Council Art Bank
City of Saskatoon
Clarkson Gordon
Coca Cola Ltd.
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Dunlop Art Gallery
Glenbow Museum
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
Inter-City Gas Corporation
Kamloops Art Gallery
Museum London
MacKenzie Art Gallery
McMillan Binch
McMaster Museum of Art
McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario
Mendel Art Gallery
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Collection Lavalin
Nabisco Foods Group
National Art Gallery of Malaysia
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Portland Art Museum
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
Principal Trust Company
Royal Bank of Canada
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Shell Canada Ltd.
TD Canada Trust
University of Calgary
University of Edinburgh
University of Lethbridge
University of Saskatchewan
Vancouver Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery