SPG Book Review - Wilf Perreault: In the Alley/Dans la Ruelle

Reviewed by: Courtney Bates-Hardy

Wilf Perreault: In the Alley is a stunning coffee table book. The book design itself is enough to tempt anyone into picking it up and buying it. A sizable book at 12” by 10”, it certainly does justice to Perreault’s beautiful and large-scale images, although it’s difficult to top seeing them in person. What the book offers is an engaging and insightful background on Perreault’s life, art, and the many ways he has touched others.

In the Alley begins with an introduction by Timothy Long, the head curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. He gives a brief overview of Perreault’s childhood on a farm near the French-speaking villages of Henribourg and Albertville. The book, it should be noted, is appropriately presented in both French and English. Long moves from Perreault’s childhood to his time at the University of Saskatchewan and then as a teacher, all the while tracking Perreault’s growth as an artist and the connections he makes within the community. The most fascinating parts of Long’s introduction are the back stories he includes for some of Perreault’s paintings. These back stories perfectly capture the individuality and surprises that Perreault includes in all of his paintings.

To read the full review, visit SK Books. To purchase a copy, or read more about the book, visit the Wilf Perreault: In the Alley/Dans la Ruelle book page here.  

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