acrylic and oil on canvas
signed, titled and dated /89 on the reverse
57 ins x 64 ins; 144.8 cms x 162.6 cms
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“I began making abstract paintings while in university in the late 70s [...] I remember being completely transfixed by the immediacy of the picture plane and the power of colour — when these elements are reduced, there is nothing that works faster on the eyes.”
Robert Youds is a Victoria-based multidisciplinary artist who established his career as an abstract painter in the 1980s. Throughout his 30 years of exploration with various media (acrylic, plexiglass, enamel paint, vinyl, neon lights, steel, etc.), his primary concern consistently remains to transpose the energy of light into an art form.
Family Tree (1989) is a striking example of the artist’s early investigation with perceptual and sensory experiences. Inspired by wavelengths, this composition questions the power of optical illusion and the limits of vision. By layering bright, concentric circles on the canvas, Youds plays with the flatness of the surface and blurs the lines between foreground and background.
Robert Youds currently lives and works in Victoria, B.C.. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A. from York University. He has been a Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria since 1989. Youds’ artworks are featured in numerous public and private collections such as the Mendel Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Exhibition catalogue, beautifulbeautiful artificial (Victoria : Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007) http://finearts.uvic.ca/visualarts/contacts/facultystaff/ryouds/pdf/%20RYoudscat.pdf.
Sable Castelli Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto