Wayne Boucher has lived in the remarkably sophisticated small-town community of Annapolis Royal since the mid 1970s where he maintains a studio practice that steadfastly investigates how personal gestures and colour zones turbocharge abstract, painterly space and vocabularies. Over the decades, Boucher’s canvases have evolved into complex representations of optical space that are more relevant to current digital culture than to an ethos begun with Cold War-era Abstract Expressionism. The gestures and marks, the figure/ground relationships, the layering of colour and textures all quote the heritage of late Modernist abstract painting. But his spatial constructions generate optical depths of field through three-dimensional modeling of colour with floating lines that reflect visual perceptions shaped by the computer window and camera framing. His paintings allude to multiple ‘somethings’ without resorting to representational description.
Boucher is not the emotive artist wildly and intuitively flinging paint about while sopping large zones of canvas with expressionistic colours. Instead, his canvases operate as theatrical spaces where radiant pools of colour are flamboyant and compelling lead actors held in balance by linear marks and painterly gestures that define the proscenium and edges. Radiance, therefore, is manifest in the story of colour and light; counterpoint is found in the structural information that defines the stage of actucher's other key professional successesivity. The subject matter of Boucher’s paintings, then, is the optical and spatial drama that is played out within the physical frame of canvas while considering what has historically passed and what can still be accomplished in the future discourse of contemporary abstract painting.
The recipient of numerous grants from provincial and federal agencies including a Canada Council Established ARtist Grant in 2001, Boucher's other key professional successes include winning the 2004 juried competition to execute the mural entitled Reveil for the new Interpretation Centre at Grand-Pre National Historic Stie that marks the 18th Century Acadian Deportation. Boucher was also invited to become a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 2002.