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Item Name: Collage
Title: Untitled
Maker: Douglas Morton
Year: 1966
Country: Canadian
Materials: coloured paper glued on cardboard
Measurements: overall: 99 cm x 67.6 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.38
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This is a collage created by Douglas Morton of the group of artists known as the Regina Five. Within this group of revolutionary artists, Morton was the most concerned with colour and colour theory. Morton states that “These paintings are pre-considered but not formally planned. I paint for the satisfaction that is achieved with the realization of an exciting idea. The technical areas which interest me the most are dynamic colour/form relationships, and the manipulation of flat forms in shallow space. The challenge of the next painting is the excitement of art.” This statement defines the possibilities of what we can derive from Morton’s artwork – an enjoyable visual experience with shape, colour, and shape in relationship to each other. 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. Douglas Gibb Morton (1926-2004) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From 1946-1951, He studied at various institutions including the Winnipeg School of Art, l'École des Beaux Arts, the Studio d’hôte in Paris, France, and the Studio of Martin Bloch in London, England. 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 left his family’s business to pursue art and teaching full time, spending two years as director of Visual Arts at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina Campus. He then moved on to teach at York University, the University of Victoria, where he served as Dean of Fine Arts, and the Alberta College of Art. His work is represented in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), National Gallery of Canada, and many others.