Barry Allikas is a Montreal-based painter who is one of the strongest exponents of post-painterly abstraction in Canada. His hard-edge line is widely known for its immaculate perfectionism, as well as its wide-ranging flexibility, and his use of it across a broad array of compositional ideas. Allikas incorporates unusual information, influences and ideas into his practice, extending the Plasticien language and style in a unique and fresh manner. As a colourist, Allikas is bold and decisive, but also capable of quiet lyricism, and subtler, more tonal passages, often juxtaposed with areas of saturated chroma, creating powerful and beautiful effects. For decades, Allikas has been producing some of the best abstract paintings in Canada, a fact attested to by his inclusion in Roald Nasgaard’s landmark study “Abstract Painting in Canada”, and by his being listed by the Montreal Gazette as one of the top five abstract painters in Montreal. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate, and museum collections, among them the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, Hydro-Québec, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, and the Banque nationale du Canada.
BARRY ALLIKAS : Thinking Inside the Box3 Mar - 16 Apr 2022McBride Contemporain presents Thinking Inside the Box, Montreal-based hard-edge painter Barry Allikas’ third one person show with the gallery. Allikas is a veteran abstract painter, with a body of work...
Ce qui fût et ce qui est15 Jul - 14 Aug 2021McBride Contemporain is honoured and thrilled to announce the gallery’s list of represented artists, twelve individuals who as artists and people we are all delighted to be working alongside, and...
Tout croche5 Sep - 12 Oct 2019Galerie Deux Poissons is pleased to announce Tout croche, an exhibition of new paintings by Montreal artist Barry Allikas. In tandem with an upcoming solo presentation at this October’s Art...
Wallpaper Now15 Mar - 19 May 2018Artist Statement: After a sojourn in the world of organic shapes and landscape forms, I wanted to take my hard-edge practice back to basics; back to its minimalist roots. For...