Secord Gallery
Upstairs at 6301 Quinpool Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 1A4
(902) 423-6644
info@secordgallery.com

Monday to Thursday 9:30 - 5:30
Friday 9:30 - 7:00
Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Summer and holiday hours will vary

Wayne Boucher has lived in the remarkably sophisticated small-town community of Annapolis Royal since the mid-1970s, where he maintains a steadfast studio practice. Over the decades, Boucher’s canvases have evolved into complex representations of optical space that are perhaps more relevant to current digital culture than to an ethos begun with Cold War-era Abstract Expressionism. The gestures and marks, the figure/ground relationships, the layering of colour and textures all quote the heritage of late Modernist abstract painting. But his spatial constructions generate optical depths of field through three-dimensional modeling of colour with floating lines that reflect visual perceptions shaped by the computer window and camera framing. His paintings allude to multiple “somethings” without resorting to representational description. “To Catch the Wind” is a melding of three painting strategies that have come together to form this exhibition. They include work from “A Gathering of Angels”, the “Holding” / “Moulin Rouge” series, and also the 2018 “Floribunda” series. “To Catch the Wind” simplifies notions, and sensibilities of mark-making into a cohesiveness of intent, paint application and implied meaning or interpretation. The recipient of numerous grants from provincial and federal agencies, including a Canada Council Established Artist Grant in 2001, and the Nova Scotia Portia White Award for excellence, innovation, and expression in the arts, in 2006. Boucher's other key professional successes include winning the 2004 juried competition to execute the mural entitled Réveil for the new Interpretation Centre at Grand-Pre National Historic Site that marks the 18th Century Acadian Deportation. Boucher was also invited to become a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 2002. In early 2014, the artist had three designs chosen in the competition for the hand tufted area carpets for the Nova Scotia Room, The Pacific Room, and the Link Reception area for the refurbished Canada House in London, England.