KENNETH CAMPBELL LOCHHEAD, R.C.A.
enamel on board
signed and dated ‘63
26 ins x 20 ins; 66 cms x 50.8 cms
It is difficult to imagine a more perfect art historically significant work by Kenneth Lochhead (1926-2006) than Pink Bay 1963. It is in its stylistic attributes and date an extremely fine example of his work drawn from the most celebrated aspect of his career: Post-Painterly Abstraction.
Works of this type and date were selected by Clement Greenberg for his 1964 "Post-Painterly Abstraction" exhibition organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and travelled to the Art Gallery of Toronto. This exhibition defined the movement Colour Field Abstraction and launched Lochhead into major recognition. Lochhead was the director of the School of Art, Regina, a member of the Regina Five, and established the Emma Lake Artist’s Workshops. Through his pioneering efforts, artists particularly in western Canada became uniquely familiar with important abstract artists of the period, among them Helen Frankenthaler, Josef Albers, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis and Frank Stella. He influenced the trajectory of many Canadian abstractionists notably Jack Bush and William Perehudoff.
Lochhead was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971 and a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2006.
Private Collection, Montreal