Untitled (Tondo Landscape) Otto Rogers

Acrylic and Collage on Panel
36 × 36 × 2 inches
91.44 × 91.44 × 5.08 cm

In his abstract landscapes, Otto Rogers often returned to his impressions of the dynamic Saskatchewan prairie he grew up on. This tondo (painting in the round) appears to capture a view of the land in earthy tones of brown and gray against a cloudy white sky. Rogers (1935-2019) was recognized by the NY art critic, Clement Greenberg as a ‘big attack’ painter early in his career and stated that his artwork showed a ‘fullness of inspiration.’ A devout follower of the Baha’i faith, Rogers did not view art as simply a ‘decorative thing.’ “ “Art reflects the nature of the human condition, the human soul, intellect and mind.” Otto Rogers He acquired his MA in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin and later taught art at the University of Saskatchewan for 29 years. Rogers also participated in the Emma Lake Workshops in BC which attracted some of North America’s finest artists. His work is held in private and more than 30 public collections including: the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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