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Item Name: Painting
Title: After the Rain
Maker: Otto Rogers
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on paper
Measurements: overall: 71.8 cm x 57.2 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.47

Extended Label Info: Deftly outlined in thick, black brushstrokes similar to the brushwork in Asian ink calligraphy, six round shapes, such as apples on a table, sit in two rows. They create a diagonal which visually intersects the flat planes of white and black that portion the page into thirds. The diagonal placement of the forms is slightly awkward and a little unbalanced, which gives the painting an organic sense of space, a quiet energy. Otto Rogers began his studies in abstract art with cubism, and as he developed his work, several major themes emerged: questions of theology, the relationship between art and nature, language and consciousness, and diversity and unity. Otto Donald Rogers (1935-2019) was born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, and he grew up on a wheat farm. He studied at Saskatoon Teachers' College (1952-53). Taking art classes with Wynona Mulcaster, he began studying abstraction through cubism. He studied at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and earned his BSc in Art Education (1958) and MSc in Fine Art (1959). During this time, he attended a workshop at Emma Lake with noted Abstract Expressionist, Jack Shadbolt. Returning to Canada, Rogers began teaching at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1959. In 1973, Rogers was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He continued to support and attend the Emma Lake workshops, working with International abstract artists such as Jules Olitski and Barnett Newman. As members of the Baha'i faith, Rogers and his wife moved to Haifa, Israel in 1988. There he served two, five-year terms as a Counselor member of the International Teaching Center and travelled the world. He returned to Canada in the summer of 1998, setting up his studio in southern Ontario. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in numerous international public and private collections.