Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Curated by: Petra Watson

6 December 2001 - 26 January 2002
Opening Reception 6 December 2001 7pm

Front and Back Galleries:

Colour Zone

Plug In ICA, Travelling Exhibition

Colour Zone presents an inquiry into the limits and myths of modernist painting and aesthetic ‘primitivism’. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s figurative and abstract paintings, and etchings construct a modern/’primitive’ encounter, that is as much a means of inscribing a new aesthetic concept of form and space, as it is an inquiry into colonial imperialism. Yuxweluptun has referred to his work as “history painting.” The power to colonize is therefore positioned within these works as a partial, but unfinished, extension of modernism; conditions that reside as a ‘zone’ with both aesthetic and political meaning. ”

– Petra Watson

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun lives and works in Vancouver, where he graduated with Honours in painting from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1983. Yuxweluptun’s paintings have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Plug In ICA (travelling exhibition), the Belkin Gallery at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. These include museums and galleries in Taiwan, United States, France, Spain, England and Switzerland. His paintings are in the collection of the National Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Belkin Gallery, Mendal Art Gallery, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Kamloops Art Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, as well as European galleries and museums. His work is also in many private and corporate collections.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is presenting his first solo exhibition in Toronto at Mercer Union in the Front and Back Galleries.