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Since 1975 Boucher’s painted work has dealt with surface tensions between figuration and abstraction, geometry and organic form in play with large elemental fields of colour, or black and white. The paintings from (1997-2000) utilized a variety of international signaling codes; such as marine signal flags, ground to air signals, and Morse code. These spatial images portended to vast oceanic voyages, and dangerous crossings in opposition with the systemic pattern and codification of the signals.
His current painting practice is about the familiar and unfamiliar underworld of watery places and saturated colour space.
“All I really want people to do is fall in and drown in the work”.
Wayne Boucher was born in 1943 in Ontario. He studied at the Banff Centre, AB and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1975. The following year he moved to Graywood, Annapolis County, NS where he carried on his painting practice to the present time. Boucher has been an active member Canadian Artist Representation (CARFAC), Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) and Arms Length Funding for the Arts (ALFA). He is a founding member and past chair of the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) and past chair of the exhibitions committee of ARTsPLACE, artist-run-centre in Annapolis Royal, NS.
recent solo exhibitions
- 2003 Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB
- 2002 Proscenium, ARTZONE, Charlottetown, PEI
- 2002 Recent Spaces, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal,NS
- 2000 The Pilot Suite, I-Land Gallery, Toronto, ON
- 2000 Recent Works, James Baird Gallery, St.John’s,NL
- 1999 Signal Stories, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS
recent grants and awards
- 2003 NS Tourism and Culture – Creation
- 2002 Canada Council Established Artist- Creation
- 2001 NS Arts Council – Creation
- 1999 NS Arts Council – Presentation
Acadia University Art Gallery, Air Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Business Interiors, Canada Council Art Bank, Dalhousie Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Lavalin, Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador.