ARTIST AND MODEL
oil on board
signed, titled and dated 1983 on the reverse
30 ins x 24 ins; 76.2 cms x 61 cms
Ron Moppett (b.1957) has for decades been a mainstay of exhibitions in western Canada. Born in England, Moppett attended the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary from 1963 to 1967, and the Instituto de Allende in Mexico in 1968. He was Director of the Art Gallery at the Alberta College of Art, Calgary and has taught there since the late 1960s. His influence upon subsequent generations of artists in the western region has been enormous.
Early on, his work reflected admiration for colour compositional formats and the use of iconography by the British artist, R. B. Kitaj. However, this downplays the complexity of interests shown by Moppett through his work. He channeled Antoni Tàpies as well as Marcel Duchamp and that master’s propensity to include his own image within compositions. For the most part, Moppett’s work employed the methodology of collage, patching together often seemingly disparate parts and obscure personal icons to compose his pictures. in this work, Artist and Model he seems instead to have left the door more directly open, leading us back to an abstracted version of one of Picasso’s recurring themes.
Private Collection, Toronto