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Item Name: Painting
Title: Continuum
Maker: Douglas Morton
Year: 1967
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 289.56 cm x 477.52 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.39
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: One of the Saskatchewan’s most revered abstract artists, Douglas Gibb Morton was a member of the renowned group of abstract artists, The Regina Five. Within this group of revolutionary artists, Morton was the most concerned with colour and colour theory. He described his paintings as conversational groupings of forms, all interacting with one another to create a balance. Morton’s unique approach were influenced by the natural environment, intuitive and the subconscious. In Morton’s piece Continuum his colour choices are vivid and bold as the groupings of forms interact with each other to produce a balance of composition, creating a sense of harmony and play with both the physical and metaphysical. Douglas Gibb Morton (1926-2004) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the Winnipeg School of Art (1946-47), the Académie Julian, l'École des Beaux Arts and the Studio d’hôte in Paris, France (1949), the Camberwell School of Art and Studio of Martin Bloch in London, England (1950-1951). Upon returning to Canada, Morton took part in the Emma Lake workshops from 1957-1965. In 1961, Morton's work was shown at the National Gallery as part of the “Five Painters From Regina” exhibition of abstract art. The Regina Five, as they came to be known, went on to receive national acclaim. In 1967, Morton dedicated himself to art and teaching, spending two years as director of Visual Arts at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina Campus. He taught at York University (Toronto, 1969-1980), the University of Victoria, where he served as Dean of Fine Arts (1980-1985), and the Alberta College of Art (1985-1987). His work is represented in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), and many others.