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William Perehudoff

Born 1918, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Died 2013, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

Perehudoff's achievements in Colour Field painting are internationally regarded. He was born to Doukhobor parents and grew up on the family farm. While working for Intercontinental Packers for union wages in 1947, he painted large murals for the plant's cafeteria. From there, he earned enough to study in Colorado with the eminent muralist Jean Charlot. From 1950 to 1951, Perehudoff attended the Ozenfant School of fine Arts in New York, followed by the first of many Emma Lake Artists Workshops. It was at Emma Lake that he developed ties with many international colour field painters including Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitsky. He was a member of the Order of Canada and, among his many other awards, was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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