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Item Name: Print
Title: The Blue Cutter
Maker: Kenneth Lochhead
Year: 1971
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph on paper (edition of 50)
Measurements: overall: 55.9 cm x 76.2 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.30

Extended Label Info: Over the course of his painting career, Kenneth Lochhead experimented with many different approaches to making art, including realism, impressionistic landscape, and purely abstract images. This lithographic print uses a very simple composition that emphasizes the soft, floating edge between the areas of black and white in relation to the precise red curved line. This is a later example of Lochhead’s work in abstraction that employs tenets of Post Painterly Abstraction, a style of Modern art that emphasized the physical components of an artwork such as colour, shape, line, scale, and texture, and attempted to develop a universal language of abstract forms. In contrast to Lochhead’s earlier works, with a livelier use of visual elements, this image stimulates a sense of tension that feels more emotional and contemplative. 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.