Otto Rogers is widely regarded as one of Canada’s preeminent abstract painters. In 2015 Rogers will be entering his 80th year and he has been exhibiting for six decades. In the anthology Abstract Painting in Canada, Roald Nasgaard gives a great deal of attention to Rogers and his influence on abstraction and modernism in North America from the 1960s onward. At the root of Rogers’ tremendous creativity and the significant impact he has had on the recent history of modern art, is the prairie landscape.
It could be said that the prairie itself is abstract; a landscape easily broken down into colour fields. Rogers’ unique talent is to translate the minimalist elements of a sparse environment into a highly evocative work of art. His goal is not the representation of place, but rather the creation of a spiritual experience that draws on the relationship of the individual to light, space and land.
Rogers’ work is included in major museum collections across North America, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His work is also in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona, Spain), and the National Gallery of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland).
This will be the fourth solo exhibition Gallery Jones has mounted of Rogers’ work.
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