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Item Name: Painting
Title: Magic Temple
Maker: Jerry Didur
Year: 1985
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 152.7 cm x 152.7 cm
ID Number: PC85.10

Extended Label Info: Inspired by the primitivism of Art Brut and the fantasy-based work of the Chicago Imagists, Jerry Didur’s paintings characterize a repsonse to his own emotional memories. This painting is devoid of human figures, narrative action or sequential cues, and painted in a flat, stylized manner. Didir's paintings are often unsettling, dreamlike, still and remote. This is seen in "Magic Temple" where the night-time atmosphere highlights the solitary, elevated dwelling, set in a dreamy foreign place. Didur’s active sense of wonder and his propensity for the exotic allow the viewer to escape into serene and obscure fantasy, setting the tone for mystery and play. Jerry Didur (1951- ) was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his BFA in 1976. Didur moved to Regina and turned to painting where he had his first solo exhibition in 1985. Didur worked in Yorkton and Lloydminster for Saskatchewan Society for Education Through Art and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, developing arts programs and awareness in these communities. Didur has been the recipient of several grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. His works have been exhibited extensively and can be found in several prominent collections.