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Item Name: Painting
Title: Light Spring Rain
Maker: Terry Fenton
Year: 1987
Country: Canadian
Materials: Oil on masonite
Measurements: overall: 61.25 cm x 91.4 cm
ID Number: PC94.8
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Fenton credits growing up in Regina and the southern prairies for his interest in landscape. He describes the open prairie as flat, luminous and bewitchingly beautiful; the infinite variety of light challenges him to paint. Though his work realistically represents the landscape that he has observed, Fenton describes his strongest influences are abstract painters, artists who look for new ways to express aesthetic ideas, and with whom Fenton has corresponded with in his work as a curator. The southern prairie scenes that Fenton chooses for subject matter are not filled with detailed objects to paint, but instead offer a wide range of colour to visually and psychologically explore. Terry Fenton (1940- ) Artist, author, critic, and curator, Fenton is known for his landscape paintings, his support of modernist art, and his writing on other artwork. Fenton is the former director of the Edmonton Art Gallery (1972 - 1987), the A.C. Leighton Foundation, Calgary (1987 - 1993) and the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (1993 - 1997). Fenton was born in Regina and began his studies in art at Regina College's School of Fine Art (now University of Regina) from 1958-1960, with noted abstract painters Ronald Bloore, Roy Kiyooka, and Arthur McKay. Moving to the Saskatoon campus to study English literature, Fenton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. As part of post-graduate studies (1965-1966), Fenton attended Emma Lake Artist's Workshops with John Cage and Lawrence Alloway in 1965, Frank Stella in 1967, and Michael Steiner in 1969. Fenton co-founded the Triangle Artists Workshop in New York in 1982 with Anthony Caro and Anthon Loder. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in numerous private, corporate and public collections in Canada, the United States, and England.