A rich black ground undulates at the horizon where it meets geometric passages of crimson, ochre, grey, white, peach below a moss green and teal sky in this acrylic painting on canvas. A calligraphic swoop of brushed white, a passing cloud, completes this powerful composition.
Rogers work, rooted in a cubist-constructivist tradition, was recognized by art critic Clement Greenberg in 1963 as having a "fullness of inspiration".
Rogers taught at the University of Saskatchewan (1959-1988) after receiving his MA in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin. His paintings, mixed media and sculptures are included in more than 30 public collections across Canada, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Collection, the National Gallery of Canada. His work is also in the Museu d'art contemporain de Barcelona and the National Gallery of Iceland as well as numerous private and corporate collections Rogers helped sustain the Emma Lake Workshops which provides a meeting place for many of North America's most respected visual artists and critics including Clement Greenberg, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitiski, Kenneth Noland, Jack Shadbolt, Helen Frankenthaler. In 2007, a published book of his work Otto Donald Rogers, included a foreword by British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro.
"There are few artists, very few, whose work has about it a kind of magic; they sing their own song. Otto Rogers is one of these special few. I love what he does." ~ Sir Anthony Caro