…beginning in the early 1960s, Perehudoff moved decisively towards the kind of pared-down abstraction that established his reputation as a painter to be reckoned with, addressing, in paintings such as AC-64-009 (1964) or Red Breaking (1965), the same issues in his work as the vanguard artists of the time whom he had come to know and regard as friends. Like his friend Jack Bush in Toronto, Perehudoff found himself investigating territory identical to the American Colour Field painters; like Bush, he claimed some of that territory as his own, viewing it, in current academic parlance, ‘through the lens’ of his own uniquely Canadian formation.
- excerpt from William Perehudoff: The Evolution of an Artist, by Karen Wilkin
AC-65-2, Red Breaking, 1965
acrylic on canvas
229.0 x 202.2 cm
Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina. Gift of the artist.