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Item Name: Painting
Title: Summer Dandelions
Maker: Wilf Perreault
Year: 1981
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 94.5 cm x 123.8 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.46

Extended Label Info: This is an early work by Wilf Perreault, Regina-based painter and sculptor known for his urban landscapes, primarily of the view down back alleys in residential areas. In this case, Perrault has focused closely on another familiar but often overlooked subject, the rocks and weeds on side of a roadway. Here, the hardy dandelion grows between sharp stones in the heat of the summer sun. Formally, Perreault’s painting is a study in textures and colour; the rocks, grass and dandelions are rendered on a heroic scale, and his composition is suggestive of a wild garden. The effect is meditative and invites us to look closely and find points of beauty in unlikely places. Wilf Perreault (1947- ) Born in Albertville, SK, Perreault grew up in Saskatoon. As a young man he studied painting with the well-known realist, Ernest Lindner. During the latter half of the 20th century in Saskatchewan, academic training in painting focused on a New York-style abstraction. Attending the University of Saskatchewan, Perreault studied with Otto Rogers and Bill Epp, and graduated with a BFA in sculpture (1970) and a degree in Education, BEd (1971). Moving to Regina, Perreault balanced his work as an art instructor with his painting practice. While best known for his paintings, Perreault also created one of Regina’s most beloved sculptures, a living artwork known as “Reginald” the Grasshopper, located on Albert street at Leopold Crescent. Perreault is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003. His artwork is collected in numerous private, corporate and public collections nationally.