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Item Name: Painting
Title: Night Ochre
Maker: Kenneth Lochhead
Year: 1963
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 181.6 cm x 213.4 cm
ID Number: PC92.5

Extended Label Info: This painting, part of a retrospective on Ken Lochhead’s work at Dunlop Art Gallery in 1988, uses a simple composition to great effect. The grand scale of the painting emphasizes the dynamic tension between the geometric shapes painted in fluid and organic style. This style of painting, known as Post Painterly Abstraction, is part of High-Modernism, which emphasized the physical components of an artwork such as colour, shape, line, scale, texture, etc. Modernism also strove to develop abstract forms into a universal language of visual experience, and to offer the viewer a space to contemplate non-verbal, philosophical or emotional responses. Kenneth Campbell Lochhead (1926 – 2006) was very influential artist and director in the 1950s. Lochhead trained in art at Queen’s University, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation. From 1950-58, Lochhead was the Director for both the University of Saskatchewan's School of Art at Regina College (now the University of Regina), and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. He recharged the University’s Emma Lake Artist Workshops by inviting international artists and critics to Saskatchewan, igniting critical interest in the Saskatchewan art scene. Lochhead also brought together a cohort of Saskatchewan-based modernists which included the architect, Clifford Wiens, and painters Roy Kiyooka, Doug Morton, Art McKay, Ron Bloore and Ted Godwin, who became known as the internationally renowned “Regina Five”. He received the Order of Canada in 1971, and at the time of his death, he was retired and living in Ottawa. His work has been shown extensively and is held in numerous private and public collections.