Lesser-Known Saskatchewan Landscapes
May 21 to October 12, 2016
The biggest things cast the longest shadows on the Saskatchewan landscape, but there is more to this bright yellow trapezoid on the map of Canada than what meets the eye. In addition to those who have famously focused on the prairie landscape as muse — Robert Hurley, Ernest Lindner, Kenneth Lochhead — there is a legion of lesser-known artists who have trained their eyes on the province’s vast and varied vistas. From the most modulated water-colour study, to an abstract line between terra firma and sky, to a realistic rendering of grassland, there are untold vantages of this familiar but fascinating landscape to be discovered. Gleaned from the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibit explores the byways of the Saskatchewan landscape through a broad cross-section of Saskatchewan artists who have contributed to the artistic fabric of this province. Patrick Adams, Laura Lamont, F.H. Portnall and Sanford Fisher, in addition to those already mentioned, are just a few of the artists who have created moving representations of this specific but nuanced region. Their work captures the vast expanses which exist between the subtle and majestic, the understated and dramatic, which make up the Saskatchewan landscape.
Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina and University of Regina.
Installation view of Lesser-known Saskatchewan Landscapes, MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2016. Photo: Don Hall