Ulysse Comtois



Ulysse Comtois (1931-1999) was a renowned Québécois artist, whose career spanned over 40 years. He created work across multidisciplinary fields, Comtois is best recognized for a painting style that fuses characteristics of pointillism and abstract expressionism.   

In 1948, Comtois briefly attended École des Beaux-arts in Montreal, then dropping out and rejecting the rigidity and formality of the institution. Like many young artists interested in abstraction and the avant-garde, Comtois followed the spontaneity and liberation of Les Automatistes. In 1954 he was included in the important exhibition, La matière chant. 

However, by the 1960s, Comtois changed course in order to pursue sculpture achieving much success. He would represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1968.  

“Trans Action Colours” is a significant work that marks Comtois’ return to painting in the 1970s. Vibrant colors and shapes are expertly layered and juxtaposed, creating a high-energy composition with no clear beginning or end. Though his technique loosely resembles pointillism, Comtois introduces unexpected shapes that are atypical of the genre, proving that his inclination to rebel is very much present in this piece.  Unlike other works from this era, this painting is more layered and complex than typical. 

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“Trans Action Colours”

Canada, 1974

Acrylic on canvas 

36"H 24"W

Signed and dated by artist on lower right

Detailed condition report by request 

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