Many of Perreault’s abstract paintings revel in the use of untraditional media such as toothpaste, oil-polluted sand, and coffee -- which the Village Voice praised as “exquisite sepia revelations.” His sculpture employs found objects, ceramics, and rocks. Mended Stones, recently shown at New York’s Noguchi Museum, was singled out by critic Deborah Solomon as an “affecting installation” about repairing a broken world. A spirit of hopeful transformation pervades Perreault’s lifelong work.

Born in Manhattan, John Perreault (1937-2015) first showed his paintings at Greenwich Village’s One Eleven Gallery in the mid-1960s. Perreault simultaneously broke ground in the fields of Conceptual and Performance Art, appearing at the Whitney Museum and elsewhere. Also widely respected as a poet and art critic, Perreault has had work exhibited nationally and internationally.

According to the New York Times, Perreault was “a pivotal figure in organizing the first ‘Day Without Art’ in 1989 to draw attention to the impact of AIDS on the arts.”