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Item Name: Painting
Title: Regina Lights from Prairie
Maker: Lorraine Malach
Year: 1959
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour on paper
Measurements: overall: 43 cm x 56 cm
ID Number: PC83.2
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Lorraine Malach’s painting career started in the 1950’s under the tutelage of Kenneth Lochhead and Art McKay who were a part of the internationally respected group called the Regina Five, known for their ground-breaking work in abstraction. Malach’s painting style is fluid, yet choppy, consisting of many brushmarks used to build up the surface texture. Malach also worked in ceramic, creating many large-scale ceramic murals that focus on human figures in relationship to nature. Lorraine Malach (1933-2003) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied painting at the University of Regina and earned an art certificate in 1953. Malach went on to study in Pennsylvania at the Barnes Foundation until 1955 and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts until 1957. Her oil and watercolour paintings and ceramic works have been exhibited in group and solo show in Saskatchewan and across Canada since the 1960s. When Malach passed away in 2003, she was working on The Story of Life, a mural that consists of ten panels, each four feet wide and eight feet high; and ten tons of clay for the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. The piece was nearly finished when she passed and was completed by her friends. Her artwork is in many public collections, including the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Vatican Collection of the Papal Nuncio in Ottawa.