Pierre Coupey: Cutting out the Tongue

Pierre Coupey: Cutting out the Tongue

March 16 – April 27, 2013

Pierre Coupey, founding editor of The Capilano Review and co-founder of The Georgia Straight, has been a practicing writer, printmaker and painter since the early 1960s. In the mid-1970s he made a pivotal decision to focus his energies primarily on visual art, that is, on the “wordless” and “mute” activity of painting.

Although the influence and importance of literature in Coupey’s life and work cannot be denied, this exhibition, along with the joint exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum from March 6 – April 27, 2013, looked at Coupey’s trajectory as a painter over the last four decades, on the contradictions and tensions deeply embedded in his abstract canvases, and his decision to metaphorically obey Matisse’s impossible admonition to “cut out the tongue” and paint.