2016 Exhibition: Pictorial Invention / Landscape Memory
During my sixty-three years of making paintings and sculpture, two influences have
determined the progress made. First and most powerful is the revolution in pictorial
language, with its new relationship to drawing, exemplified by modern masters. This
modernity has educated both my mind and eye and opened a way to an expression
less dependent on tradition. In works using paper, the methodology of layering paper has brought about compositional innovation. This same sense of invented structure can be found in the paintings. In turn, the painterly touch is found in the paper works thus avoiding any limitations of collage. The second influence is the natural world, but only as it can act as memory within pictorial invention.
Otto Rogers was born in 1935 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. He attended the Saskatchewan Teachers College (1954).
He received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education (1958) and a Masters in Fine Art (1959) from the University of Wisconsin. As Professor and Head of the Department of Art at the University of Saskatchewan (1959–1988), Rogers helped revive the Emma Lake Artist Workshop, Saskatchewan (1971–1987). From 1988 to 1998 Rogers lived in Haifa, Israel, where he served two, five-year terms as a Counselor member of the International Teaching Center at the World Centre for the Bahai Faith.
Rogers' works are found in over 1600 major public, corporate and private collections in North America, Asia and Europe including Art Gallery of Ontario, Edmonton Art Gallery, Mendal Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Montreal Museum of Art;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona Spain; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery of Canada; Bank of Montreal; General Foods and Scotiabank.
Otto Rogers lives and works in Southern Ontario.
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