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Terry Fenton

Terry Fenton was born on July 1, 1940 in Regina, Saskatchewan. In addition to his painting practice, Fenton is a writer, critic and author on various articles and books pertaining to Canadian and international artists. During his studies at the University of Regina (Regina)and the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) in the areas of English Literature and the Fine Arts, Fenton participated in various Emma Lake Artists Workshops, including those led by Lawrence Alloway and John Cage (1965), Frank Stella (1967) and Michael Steiner (1969). Fenton himself has served as a guest critic at artists workshops throughout North America and the UK over the years.In 1982, at the request of Sir Anthony Caro and UK collector Robert Loder, Fenton along with twenty four other artists from the US,Canada and the UK, helped to establish the Triangle Artists Workshop in New York State; an international, non-profit network of support for artists and arts organizations which continues today. His contribution to various public art galleries and arts organizations throughout Western Canada include his role as the Director of The Edmonton Art Gallery (Edmonton, AB,1972-1988), the Artistic Director of the Leighton Foundation (Calgary, AB, 1988-93), the Director of the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, SK, 1993-97), and as the President of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (1997-2000).


Curriculum Vitae

Born: July 1, 1940, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


1969 Emma Lake Artists Workshop (led by Michael Steiner).
1967 Emma Lake Artist's Workshop (led by Frank Stella).
1965-66 University of Regina, post-graduate studies in English Literature.
1965 Emma Lake Artists Workshop (led by Lawrence Alloway and John Cage).
1960-62 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, BA cum laude, English Literature.
1958-60 School of Fine Art, Regina College.


2013 West Coast: Painting by Terry Fenton, Solo Exhibition, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina

2012 Plain Light / Sea Light , Solo Exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon

2012 Prairie Painters: Light and Pattern, Group Exhibition with Reta Cowley and Dorothy Knowles,
Art Placement, Saskatoon

2007 10th Anniversary Exhibition, The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre, Qualicum, BC

2006 Solo Exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon
Group Exhibition, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto
Interview by Piri Halasz, "From The Mayor's Doorstep" , April.

2005 Solo exhibition, Winchester Galleries, Victoria

2004 "A Wide Horizon" Swift Current Art Gallery & Moose Jaw Art Gallery, catalogue introduction by Helen Marzolf

2003 Solo Exhibition, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
Solo Exhibition, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
Group Exhibition, Regina paintings, Regina Public Library

2002 Solo Exhibition, The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre, Qualicum, BC

2001 Solo Exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton

1999 Solo Exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton

1998 "Visiting Artists, Landscape 98" Group exhibition, Art Placement, Saskatoon

1996 Solo exhibition, Bugera Kmet Gallery, Edmonton; Group exhibitions, Art Placement, Saskatoon, Leighton Foundation, Calgary.

1995 Solo Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary; Group exhibitions at Meredith Long Gallery, Houston; Koffler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; and art placement, Saskatoon

1994 Solo exhibitions, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton; Solo exhibition, Leighton Foundation, Calgary

1993 Large Recent Paintings, RXN Visions, Calgary; Recent Work, Leighton Foundation, Calgary; Group Exhibition, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton; Solo Exhibition, Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton

1992 "Small Oils from Nature": Group exhibition organized by the Leighton Foundation; Christmas Exhibition, RXN Visions, Calgary

1991 Solo exhibition, the Leighton Foundation, Calgary

1990 Solo exhibition, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon; Group exhibition, Western Landscape Painters, Gallery One, Toronto
Solo exhibition, Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton

1989 Solo exhibition, Gallery on Whyte, Edmonton; Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary; Group Drawing exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery

1988 Alberta Landscape Painters, ACA Gallery, Calgary; Summer exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery; Group Paint-In exhibition, Leighton Foundation

1987 Solo exhibition, Grand Forks Regional Art Gallery, Grand Forks, B.C.

1986 Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.

1985 Two person exhibition, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York City; "Western Landscape Painters", Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary.

1984 Solo exhibition, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon.

1983 Solo exhibition, Gallery One, Toronto; Solo exhibition, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.

1982 "Three Edmonton Landscape Painters", Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary; Solo exhibition, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary; Gallery artists, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton.

1981 Solo exhibition, Hett Gallery, Edmonton; Gallery artists, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton; Landscape artists, The Gallery, art placement, Saskatoon.

1979 Solo exhibition, Hett Gallery, Edmonton.

1978 Two person exhibition (with Ron Myren), Canadian Galleries, Calgary

1970 Two person exhibition (with Dorothy Knowles), Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library.


Reta Summers Cowley, Mendel Art Gallery and University of Calgary Press, 2006
Allan Safarik, When Light Falls From The Sun, winner of Saskatchewan Book Award, Poetry, 2005) - five reproductions of Fenton paintings including cover.
Anthony Caro: The Emma Lake Sculptures, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2003
"Qu'appelle, Tales of Two Valleys", Border Crossings, Nov. 2002
Kenneth Noland, Themes and Variations, 1958-2000, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; 2002
Appreciating Noland, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1991
A. C. Leighton in the Rockies, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, 1989
Anthony Caro, Ediciones Poligrapha, Barcelona, 1986; Thames and Hudson, London, 1986; Rizzoli, New York, 1986
Peter Hide in Canada, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1986
Dorothy Knowles: Paintings 1964-1982, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1983
Jules Olitski and the Tradition of Oil Painting, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1979
Modern Painting in Canada, (with Karen Wilkin), Hurtig, Edmonton, 1978
The Picture Book, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1978
The ABC of Sculpture, Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1974
How to look at a Painting, Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1975
Abstraction West: Emma Lake and After, National Gallery of Canada, 1975
Jack Bush: A Retrospective, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1975
Watercolour Painters from Saskatchewan, National Gallery of Canada, 1971


Alberta Foundation For The Arts
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Canada Council Art Bank
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina
Edmonton Art Gallery
Kamloops Art Gallery
Leighton Foundation, Calgary
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
Moose Jaw Art Museum
Saskatchewan Arts Board
University of Lethbridge
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, and England


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