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Board With Painting

Michael de Courcy Board With Painting

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Board With Painting, a new exhibition by Michael de Courcy, features photographic light boxes and canvases depicting greatly enlarged details of the ink-mixing palette he used between 1979 and 1989. Throughout that time his studio produced thousands of screenprints—both his own works as well as collaborations with other artists. Although they appear abstract, the illuminated images in the exhibition function as archival remnants documenting a decade of print production in Vancouver. Every colour references tests, proofs, and editions that exist in many art collections throughout the world. The exhibition upends the often-overlooked value of process associated with printmaking. In transforming the work of interpreting colour into photographic art, de Courcy asserts that a master-printer is also an artist.

Michael de Courcy, born in Montreal in 1944, studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Montreal and the Vancouver School of Art. He has exhibited in many public galleries and museums, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Le Consortium art centre in Dijon, and the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. In the late 1960s he was a core member of the Vancouver art collective known as The Intermedia Society. Over the past 50 years, grounded in photography, he has worked in various combinations with printmaking, public art, installation, publishing, and web-based media projects.