Ulysse Comtois

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Ulysse Comtois

1931 - 1999
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Ulysse Comptois’s artistic journey closely intertwines with the trajectory of artistic modernity in Canada in the twentieth century. He was 17 at the time Paul-Émile Borduas and the Automatists published the incendiary Refus global. He soon left his birthplace in rural Quebec to enroll at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. He attended class for only one year, breaking with classical tradition at a very early stage in his career by choosing instead to pursue his artistic education as an autodidact. He became acquainted with the Automatists and was invited to participate in two shows along with other members of the group: La matière chante in 1954 and Espace 55 in 1955. He was also in contact with the Plasticiens, whose views on painting enduringly transformed his own pictorial language. Throughout his numerous travels in the 1960s, he was exposed to a broad variety of contemporary artistic practices, developing the singular characteristics of his artistic vision.

With a body of work that has elements of both Abstract Expressionism and geometrical formalism, painting and sculpture, Comtois refuses conventions, defies artistic genre and challenges disciplinary boundaries. Decidedly modern, surprising and unusual, his art is playful yet intellectual.

Comtois represented Canada at the 1968 Venice Biennale along with Guido Molinari. His works are part of the most prestigious national private, public and corporate collections. His art has been the subject of important museum exhibitions. This exceptional selection of pieces offered by Heffel includes works from the 1960s to the 1990s, and is from the collection of the artist.



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Ydra
18 x 20in 45.7 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $3,000 - $4,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,250 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008



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Untitled
60 1/4 x 84 1/8in 153 x 213.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $20,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $21,240 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2016 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 29, 2016



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Colonne
15 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2in 40 x 11.4 x 11.4cm
phenolic laminate and aluminum

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $12,980 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2015 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 27, 2015



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Eppure, si muove
36 x 48in 91.4 x 121.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $11,875 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2017 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 30, 2017



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Transaction #2
24 x 60in 61 x 152.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $11,700 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2010 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 30, 2010



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Décollage / Envol / Lumière noire
9 3/4 x 9 7/8 x 5 1/4in 24.8 x 25.1 x 13.3cm
aluminum and wood sculpture

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $11,115 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 27, 2014



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Lapsus
7 1/4 x 8 x 9 1/2in 18.4 x 20.3 x 24.1cm
aluminum sculpture

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,945 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 27, 2014



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Evening
24 x 60in 61 x 152.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,360 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, September 26, 2013



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Proto jardin
36 x 39 1/4in 91.4 x 99.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,670 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's March 2016 - 3rd session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2016



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Ulysse Comtois
Two Works

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,020 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2011 - 1st Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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