The Audain Art Museum’s current exhibition, Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures, is an amalgamation of Québécois artist Jean Paul Riopelle’s (1923-2002) work inspired by exploring Canada’s northern edges.
Perhaps best known for the large-scale abstract paintings that brought him acclaim during the 50s and 60s, the pieces on display at The Audain continue this tradition, while also interpreting the vast expanse of our wilderness.
Travelling through Quebec, Nunavut, and Alaska, Riopelle became familiar and fascinated by the indigenous cultures of each area, while also infusing this new inspiration into his work.
In addition to art and documents from Riopelle, the exhibition has also included indigenous works from Inuit and Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations to convey an artistic throughline.
Developed, organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this touring show gives new insights into Riopelle’s process as he travelled across the continent via seaplane on hunting and fishing excursions.
Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures is currently on display until February 21.