Yvonne DuBourdieu – Visual Artist As a contemporary expressionist painter working mostly in oil, Yvonne is interested in the expressive language of colour and line. Many of her paintings are landscape based with a number of them harking back to memories of her Scottish roots. She draws inspiration for her figurative work from memory, photographs and her imagination. Often using elements of the representational as well as the abstract with the intent of retaining some truth or essence of the subject. She is always exploring a sense of place or belonging - often resulting in illusory spaces and imagined realms.
Yvonne is influenced by artists that use the expressive language of colour and line. From Cezanne, Manet, Matisse; the Scottish colourists Ferguson, Cadell, Peploe; the neo-experssionists, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edinburgh artist John Bellany, thru to contemporary artists like Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas and Gina Malek. Yvonne also finds inspiration from the diverse work being made locally by artists like Sean Caulfield, Brenda Kim Christiansen, Julian Forrest, Paul Freeman, David Janzen, Samantha Walrod and Gillian Willans, to name a few.
Yvonne was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland and moved to Edmonton in her early 30s. A documentary filmmaker for most of her life she now splits her time behind the camera and in the studio. Her films have aired nationally on television and screened at film festivals across North America. Many of her films have art, artists and disability art as a central subject. Her visual artwork shows regularly in Edmonton and Calgary. Yvonne studied photography at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing and recently graduated from the Fine Art Certificate program at the University of Alberta with distinction, she is an active member of Harcourt House Artist Run Centre where she maintains a studio.