Rita Letendre

RL-54-30
RL-54-30, 1954
pastel on paper, 6" × 9"
Mélodie Pure
Mélodie Pure, 1954
oil on canvas panel, 12" × 16"
Untitled/Sans Titre RL55-15
Untitled #15, 1955
casein on paper, 9¼" × 11¼"
Untitled #16
Untitled #16, 1955
casein on paper, 10" × 10"
RL-57-10
RL-57-10, 1957
ink on paper, 11.75" × 9"
RL-57-18
RL-57-18, 1957
ink on paper, 12" × 9"
momet
Momet, 1959
oil on canvas, 24" × 17"
RL-60-10
RL-60-10, 1960
casein on paper, 4.5" × 5.75"
Caravane
Caravane, 1961
gouache on paper, 12" × 16"
L'éveil
L'éveil, 1961
casein on paper, 15" × 18"
RL-61-10
RL-61-10, 1961
pastel on paper, 7" × 10"
RL-61-15
RL-61-15, 1961
casein on paper, 9" × 12"
Untitled #20
Untitled #20, 1962
ink on paper, 6.25" × 9.5"
Untitled #21
Untitled #23, 1962
ink on paper, 6.25" × 9.5"
RL-62-10
RL-62-10, 1962
gouache on paper, 9" × 12"
Untitled (1962)
Untitled, 1962
ink on paper, 9.25" × 12.5"
Un monde en fête
Un monde en fête, 1962
casein on paper, 9" × 12"
Acceleration + Obstaclesold
Accélération + Obstacle, 1964
oil on linen, 15" × 18"
Système Astral
Système Astral, 1966
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24"
Zerdi
Zerdi, 1972
acrylic on canvas, 60" × 50"
Malapèque
Malapèque, 1973
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 60"
Ononada
Ononada, 1976
acrylic on canvas, 31" × 120"
Sekani
Sekani, 1978
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 48"
Echoes
Echoes, 1987
oil on canvas, 48" × 72"
Summer's Flight
Summer's Flight, 1998
oil on paper, 20" × 26"
Angoisse
Angoisse, 2001
oil on canvas, 8" × 10"
Flight in Eternitysold
Flight in Eternity, 2001
oil on canvas, 22" × 28"
Jour de fête
Jour de fête, 2003
oil on canvas, 24" × 30"
L'eveil du printemps
L'eveil du printemps, 2004
oil on canvas, 60" × 54"
Victory in a Gray World
Victory in a Gray World, 2006
oil on canvas, 30" × 36"
The Sign of the Samurai
The Sign of the Samurai, 2006
oil on canvas, 30" × 48"
Ancient Memories
Ancient Memories, 2007
oil on canvas, 30" × 48"
Burning Stars
Burning Stars, 2007
oil on canvas, 30" × 40"
Journey into the Light
Journey into the Light, 2007
oil on canvas, 60" × 48"
Morning of the Gods
Morning of the Gods, 2007
oil on canvas, 60" × 48"
Un Matin de printemp
Un Matin de printemp, 2009
oil on canvas, 36" × 60"

 

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Rita Letendre – Artist Biography

Rita Letendre

The bold dashes of colour present in the recent works of Rita Letendre recall her apprenticeship at the Ecole de beaux-arts, during which Paul-Emile Borduas, Jean-Paul Mousseau and Marcelle Ferron were in the midst of their revolution, distributing pamphlets announcing where their paintings could be seen. It was at these stimulating exhibitions that Letendre discovered the possibilities of her own art. "Then we discovered our contemporaries,” she explains. "People with whom we would develop our talents. For me there was Ulysse Comptois . . . Gilles Groux, the filmmaker among others. I was convinced that I was going to revolutionize the universe, and all my friends thought the same about themselves."

Since her first exhibitions with the Automatistes in 1952 and 1953, many of Letendre's paintings have featured a headstrong, upward reach - a telling visual metaphor for the artist's own restless sense of self-discovery. An early solo show at the Here and Now Gallery in Toronto was reviewed by Robert Fulford, who remarked how Letendre "works in the roughest, widest of strokes, she builids up the paint in thick crusts and her colour is often used violently . . . the blunt composition works perfectly as an expression of intransigent and genuinely original personality.

It is not surprising that Letendre, forever in search of new forms of art-making, has painted in many different countries, including, Paris, Italy, Israel, Spain, Belgium, Germany, New York and Los Angeles. Possessing an insatiable hunger for new experiences, she describes her art as "mass and force in action . . . the force of life is marvelous to me. We see the same force in the sea, the sun, all around us. It is the same strength that makes human beings dream - to want to go to the moon - to accomplish the impossible."

The works of Rita Letendre can be found in many public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d'Art Contemporain Montreal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée du Quebec and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

She was recently awarded the 2010 Governor General's Award in Visual Arts.

Gallery Gevik Exhibitions

Rita Letendre
Journey in Time
May 3 to May 22, 2008

(image: Firestorm)