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LOT 037

Kenneth Campbell Lochhead
1926 - 2006

Regal Salute
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 1967
68 x 144 in 172.7 x 365.8 cm

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Ontario

“Joan Murray Interviews Kenneth Lochhead: Selections from a Tape-Recorded Interview in Ottawa, November 1977,” Artsmagazine, vol. 9, no. 37, March / April 1978, page 47

Kenneth Lochhead was a member of the Regina Five. In 1950 he was appointed director of the School of Art at the University of Saskatchewan’s Regina campus, and in 1955 he initiated the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops, which brought about a renaissance in Saskatchewan art. At the Emma Lake workshop of 1962, Lochhead met American critic and influential modernist Clement Greenberg, and his discussions with Greenberg about the work of the New York school, particularly by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitski, had a decisive effect on him. This triggered his first series of colour-field paintings in 1962 and 1963. By the second half of the 1960s he was creating works such as this large-scale painting, with a strong emphasis on large areas of colour and the use of simplified geometric form, here with freehand edges focused on one corner, echoing the framing edge. Lochhead stated: “I would play with colours, hots and cools and greys…I painted according to the relation established between the width of the band of colour and the space between it and its neighbor colours. It was that simple.” Simple, maybe, but in Regal Salute, stunning in its effect.

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000

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