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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: Self-Portrait (Tartan Follies)
Maker: Ted Godwin
Year: 1967
Country: Canadian
Materials: mixed media and ink on paper
Measurements: overall: 66 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.14
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: In the 1960’s Ted Godwin developed the “Tartan” series of paintings, mixed-media drawings, and sculptures through experiments with what were then newly available art mediums such as acrylic polymer paints, ink-marking pens, and plexi-glass. To create the woven look in his “tartans” Godwin layered translucent colours in a grid-like pattern. The series entitled, “Tartan Follies” also incorporated image transfers taken from magazine photos. This self-portrait was part of a solo exhibition, “Ted Godwin: Paintings and Sculpture” which opened with the skirl of bagpipes at Dunlop Art Gallery in 1968. Although Godwin’s experimental art materials have badly faded in this and several other artworks from this exhibition, one can imagine the intensity of colour and energy that embodied the “Tartan Follies” when they were freshly created. Godwin described these Pop Art “Follies” as satirical works, as evidenced by his titles: “The Glorious Victory of Stanfield with Dr. Dolittle arriving on the Left”; “The Christmas Story” (with images of cash registers); and the “The Dream of Lyndon Johnson” (with images of the US president dancing with sylvan nymphs and a violet coloured mushroom cloud). Ted Godwin (1933 – 2013) Godwin was born in Calgary, Alberta and studied painting and sculpture at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art. Rising to international fame in the early 1960s as part of a group of Saskatchewan-based modernists known as the “Regina Five” with other painters Doug Morton, Art McKay, Ron Bloore, and Ken Lochhead. From 1964 to 1985, Godwin taught at the University of Regina. Godwin was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1974), and received the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), an honorary degree from the University of Regina (2001), the Alberta College of Art Award of Excellence (2001), and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada (2004). Godwin's works are represented in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the CBC, and the University of Regina.