Harold Klunder, a Dutch-born artist who grew up and was educated in Toronto, has lived and worked in Montréal for some dozen years. Aquarelle—the first solo exhibition by one of Canada’s most important contemporary painters to be held in Québec—is also the occasion of the first major presentation of his work in watercolour. Galerie Simon Blais is therefore proud and delighted to provide an overview of a rich and diverse corpus created over a span of 37 years. The artist’s distinctive approach, oscillating between representation of the human figure and freewheeling improvisation, is often recognizable in these works, as is his judicious use of colour within a technique revealing his mastery of pictorial composition and the spontaneity imposed by the medium.
The official launch of the monograph Harold Klunder — Aquarelle will be held during the exhibition opening. This publication, which includes an essay by Benjamin Klein, is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of Galerie Simon Blais and Québec City’s Galerie Michel Guimont.