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Item Name: Painting
Title: Colour Extension
Maker: Kenneth Lochhead
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour on paper
Measurements: overall: 50 cm x 66 cm
ID Number: PC99.8
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This painting, part of a retrospective on Ken Lochhead’s work at Dunlop Art Gallery in 1988, uses a simple composition, but creates a great sense of tension between the painted lines and the white space of the paper. As an artist, Lochhead was known for his research into modernism, a philosophy of art that represented abstract visual forms as a universal language of visual experience, and to offer the viewer a space to contemplate non-verbal, philosophical or emotional responses to artwork. In this work, Lochhead simplifies the physical components of painting into separate elements, such as colour, shape, line, scale, texture, in order to experiment with their effects. The title, “Colour Extension” also suggests this was an experiment with the strength of pigment over the length of a single brushstroke. Kenneth Campbell Lochhead (1926 – 2006) was very influential artist and museum director in Saskatchewan in the 1950s. Lochhead trained in art at Queen’s University, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation. From 1950-58, Lochhead was the Director for both the University of Saskatchewan's School of Art at Regina College (now the University of Regina), and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. He recharged the University’s Emma Lake Artist Workshops by inviting international artists and critics to Saskatchewan which also ignited critical interest in the Saskatchewan art scene. Lochhead also brought together a group of Saskatchewan-based modernists which included the architect Clifford Wiens, and painters Roy Kiyooka, Doug Morton, Art McKay, Ron Bloore and Ted Godwin, who with Lockhead, became known internationally as the “Regina Five”. He received the Order of Canada in 1971, and at the time of his death, he was retired and living in Ottawa. His work has been shown extensively and is held in numerous private and public collections.