Bugera Matheson Gallery opens the season with Terry Fenton, Mar 24-Apr 7

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Bugera Matheson Gallery opens the season with Terry Fenton

March 24 to April 7, 2017

Artist Statement
Why don’t more artists paint the open prairie? Perhaps because I was born and raised in Regina, where the land seems endlessly open and flat and bewitchingly beautiful, I’m attracted to it. The southern prairie isn’t “scenery” in the conventional sense; instead of hills and mountains and trees it offers light and colour in infinite variety. It’s challenging to the painter because its emptiness is hard to depict. Among other things I’ve found that the horizon has to be nailed down convincingly, and of course the sky has to float above all. Ironically, some great abstract painters–many of them my friends–have helped me new find ways and means to accomplish this.
As I now live on the West Coast, I also paint the sea, albeit through prairie eyes.
Terry Fenton
February 2017
Biographical Notes:
Born: July 1, 1940, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Terry Fenton studied art in the late 1950s at Regina College under members of the Regina Five. In 1962 he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in English literature.  Since 1965 he has worked extensively as a curator and public art gallery director. From 1972 to 1988 he served as director of The Edmonton Art Gallery. His accomplishments there included close and stimulating relations with the Edmonton art community, a challenging exhibition program, and the establishment of a collection of regional and international contemporary art unique in Canada. From 1988 to 1993 he served as artistic director of the Leighton Foundation, south of Calgary, where he established a series of guest residencies for landscape painters. From 1993 to 1997 he served as director of the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. Terry currently lives in Victoria where he continues to pursue his career as a landscape painter.
Please contact the gallery at 780-482-2854 for more information.
10345-124 Street, Edmonton, AB

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