Ulysse Comtois


Ulysse Comtois (1931-1999) was a renowned Québécois artist, whose career spanned over 40 years. While he worked in a number of different media and styles, Comtois sculptures, especially in wood, are exceedingly rare and sought after.   

In 1948, Comtois briefly attended École des Beaux-arts in Montreal,  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 the 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 considerable success. He would represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1968. 

This piece is emblematic of Comtois’ dedication to sculpture and his appetite for wood at the beginning of the 1960s. The distinct curvature and twists in this work, complemented by bright, electric chartreuse, would be elements that Comtois explored throughout his career, both in two dimensions and in painting. 

Click here to see another example of Comtois's wood sculpture. 

Wood sculptures from this era by the artist are exceedingly rare and do not frequently come to market. 

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Canada, 1966

Wood Sculpture

Signed by artist

8"L 7"W  7.5"H  

Detailed condition report by request

Note: price $4,500 CAD

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