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Item Name: Painting
Title: Untitled
Maker: Ted Godwin
Year: 1966
Country: Canadian
Materials: gouache and pastel on paper
Measurements: overall: 51.5 cm x 66 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.15

Extended Label Info: Ted Godwin was known for his experimental painting research during the Modernist art movement of the mid-twentieth century. Modernism is a philosophy of art that strives to explore and develop abstract visual forms into a universal language of visual experience, and to offer the viewer a space to contemplate non-verbal, philosophical or emotional responses to artwork. In this study Godwin separates the physical components of painting into colour, line and texture. The asymmetrical composition builds a sense of tension between the animated painted lines and the white space of the paper. Like this work, Godwin’s work of this time period was often playful, using colour, line, and shape in unexpected ways, creating a sense of spontaneity and delight. Ted Godwin (1933 – 2013) Godwin was born in Calgary, Alberta and studied painting and sculpture at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art. Rising to international fame in the early 1960s as part of a group of Saskatchewan-based modernists known as the “Regina Five” with other painters Doug Morton, Art McKay, Ron Bloore, and Ken Lochhead. From 1964 to 1985, Godwin taught at the University of Regina. Godwin was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1974), and received the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), an honorary degree from the University of Regina (2001), the Alberta College of Art Award of Excellence (2001), and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada (2004). Godwin's works are represented in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the CBC, and the University of Regina.