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Item Name: Painting
Title: Green Apples #2
Maker: Loren Teed
Year: 1984
Country: Canadian
Materials: Acrylic, oil pastel on press board
Measurements: overall: 42.5 cm x 124 cm
ID Number: PC85.1
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: In this study of apples, the artist Loren Teed uses a simplified colour palette to focus on creating interest through composition. The navy-blue background recedes, and the warm yellows push forward. The random scattering of the apples on the tablecloth is a similar composition to the still-life studies by the Post-Impressionist, Cezanne. In Teed’s work, detail is further stripped to a minimum. The contours of each apple are deftly captured with only a simple line in oil pastel. Curiously Teed titled his work, “Green Apples #2”, but did not use the colour green in his painting. This suggests that Green Apples refers to a type of apple, rather than the pigments used in the artwork. Cezanne also titled his still-life studies with short, descriptive names. This practice emphasizes the painting’s exploration of form over a more metaphorical subject matter, which is quite different than earlier still-life paintings, such as the Dutch vanitas and memento mori paintings from the 17th century which were meant to caution against a consumer society. Loren Murry Teed (1928 – 2004) Born in Saskatchewan, Loren Teed lived and worked in Saskatoon and Prince Albert. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Diploma in Native Studies. Teed taught fine arts at Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon, and in Northern Saskatchewan. In his visual art career, Teed worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, and painting in watercolour and acrylic. Teed’s brother was also an artist and worked as a photographer. Teed’s artwork has been exhibited regionally, including with Dunlop Art Gallery in, “Four from Prince Albert: Connie Freedy, George Glenn, Myles MacDonald, Loren Teed” and is held public and private collections.