The Work of Damian and Ron Moppett: The Artist Studio as Art Itself

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

Yard, 1978 by Ron Moppett (sculpture)
The Feinem Building, Matza Memorial Monument and the Venezky Building with Parkade, 1977; The Babich Arena with Ehrlich Ampitheater and Parking Complex, 1997; 12th and Dragomahn St., 1997; Century City, 1997; Century City (Second Configuration), 1997; The Hendrick Kubel Monument, The McKevitt Observatory, The National Trust Town and St. Mary's Church with Expansion Wing, 1997 by Damian Moppett (photographs)

For the first time Canadian artists Ron and Damian Moppett (father and son) are exhibiting selections from their vast collection of work together at the Art Gallery of Alberta. This unique show explores the similarity in their artistic practices and the different approaches that they use to interpret the subject of the artists's studio. 

Both are studio artists which, according to Ron, means that their job is to go to the studio every day and paint (or create). Both men are devoted to their craft. 

According to the artists, this grouping was their favourite of the exhibition.
Painting Nature with a Mirror, 1985 by Ron Moppett (left)
Match, 1986 by Ron Moppett (sculpture)
The Bells, 2010 by Damian Moppett (right)

The selected works for the exhibit Damian Moppett + Ron Moppett (Every Story Has Two Sides) are pulled from no specific time period, but were chosen by how they work together when displayed side by side.

You will see pieces by Ron stretching back to the 70s and Damian's oldest pieces are from the 90s. 

The Love Letter, 2014 by Ron Moppett

Ron was born in England in 1945, moved to Canada in 1957, and has had an incredible career to date which has involved solo and group exhibitions around the world. His paintings blur realism with abstraction and he uses stencilling, cut outs and layering to create his stunning, large scale works. 

Two Plaster Sculptures in Studio with Chairs, 2007 by Damian Moppett

Damian was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1969 and works in all forms of media, including photography, sculpture, painting, video, and drawing. His pieces explore the idea of what art is and the process of making it. The artist studio, and the materials within it are represented in most of his pieces as works of art themselves.  

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Profile of Canadian Abstract Landscape Artist Ted Godwin

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Ted Godwin, a Canadian painter, rose to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the Regina Five (1958-1968). The Five were a group of abstract painters, living and working in Regina, Saskatchewan, whose work was comparable to that being created in the New York art scene at the time.

In the mid-1970s, Godwin moved away from pure abstraction to more representative painting focused on landscape. His inspiration came from the expansive prairies, vast mountains and untouched scenery of Canada.

Miz Beaver's Cafeteria and Mr. Brook Trout's Playground #6, 1980

Despite the switch to a more representative technique, many of Godwin’s paintings look like abstract paintings in disguise.

For example, the pattern, brushwork and whimsical composition of Miz Beaver’s Cafeteria and Mr. Brook Trout’s Playground #6 (above) give an abstract feel to the work. True landscapes are also usually characterized by having expansive, wide-views with clear sky-horizon-ground layouts. The perspective of this work, being so low to the ground, only adds to the abstract feel.  

Other paintings by Godwin can be found in major public collections across Canada and the United Kingdom.

He has also published a handful of books, where he recognizes emerging artist’s need for a place that they can devote to making ‘art and only art.'

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