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Item Name: Painting
Title: A Day with No Yesterday and Tomorrow
Maker: Simon De Jong
Year: 1967
Country: Canadian
Materials: enamel, varnish and latex on paper
Measurements: in frame: 77 cm x 60 cm; work: 66 cm x 50 cm
ID Number: ART 062
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Simon de Jong’s work is bold and heavily influence by the modern art movements throughout the 1950s and 60s such as abstract expressionism and colour field painting. Learning and taking inspiration from prominent Saskatchewan colour field painters at the time through the popular Emma lake artist workshops, he discovered his own aesthetic. When referring to his work, he describes his interest in “expanding the visual experiences by a continual exploration of new forms, textures, techniques, and colour combinations.” A Day with No Yesterday and Tomorrow is a strong example of his exploration in all these areas. The contrast of the turquoise and orange is a powerful draw to the eye, and the crackling texture sustains one’s attention. The title seems to suggest the importance of living in the present moment, and is a gentle reminder to practice mindfulness in our daily lives. Simon de Jong was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 1942. He spent the first three years of his life with his mother and brother in a concentration camp during the Japanese occupation of Java, and was reunited with the rest of his family in the Netherlands after the war. His family moved to Canada in 1951 and settled in Regina, Saskatchewan. De Jong studied social sciences at the University of Regina, becoming president of the student body and receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1966. Primarily a self-taught artist, de Jong received some instruction from artists like Kenneth Lochhead, Arthur McKay, and Kenneth Peters, and he participated in Emma Lake artists' workshops in the 1960s. De Jong's work in oils, watercolour, drawing, and print has been exhibited in Saskatchewan and Manitoba since the 1960s. His work is part of various collections including those of the Dunlop Art Gallery, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, along with other public and private collections in North America and Europe.