Rick Gorenko

About the Artist

Richard Gorenko is an artist from Canora, Saskatchewan, though his art education has taken him across Canada and to international destinations. Gorenko is highly educated, having studied at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979), the University of Dallas in Texas (where he received an Master of Arts in 1980), and the University of Calgary in Alberta (where he received his Master of Fine Arts in 1982). Throughout his career, he has sought to share his knowledge of the visual arts with students at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, and the University of Saskatchewan. Currently, he teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, along with artists Chris Cran and Alexandra Haeseker, where he is Head of the  DrawingDepiction of shapes and forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines. Colour and shading may be included. A major fine art technique in itself, drawing is the basis of all pictorial representation, and an early step in most art activities. Though an integral part of most painting, drawing is generally differentiated from painting by the dominance of line over mass. There are many sorts of drawing techniques, varying according to the effect the artist wants, and depending on whether the drawing is an end in itself — an independent and finished work of art -- or a preliminary to some other medium or form — although distinct from the final product, such drawings also have intrinsic artistic value. Preliminary drawings include various exercises (e.g., contour drawing, gesture drawing, figure drawing, drawing from the flat), as well as sketches and studies, cartoons and underdrawings. (Artlex.com)  Department.

In the early 90’s Gorenko joined the Saskatchewan out-migration trend and moved to Alberta where he currently (as of 2007) resides. Gorenko’s work is identified by his abstracted and often whimsical representations of his "place" and his world.  He is represented in many major collections and galleries.

Prairie Landscape Gorenko’s work is heavily influenced by his prairie upbringing, as  landscapeA painting, photograph or other work of art which depicts scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and forests. There is invariably some sky in the scene. (Artlex.com) Landscape is also a term that may also refer simply to a horizontally-oriented rectangle, just as a vertically-oriented one may be said to be oriented the portrait way. (Artlex.com)  and location are recurring themes in his work. His stripped-down, graphic  styleA way of doing something. Use of materials, methods of working, design qualities and choice of subject matter reflect the style of the individual, culture, movement, or time period.  of  drawingDepiction of shapes and forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines. Colour and shading may be included. A major fine art technique in itself, drawing is the basis of all pictorial representation, and an early step in most art activities. Though an integral part of most painting, drawing is generally differentiated from painting by the dominance of line over mass. There are many sorts of drawing techniques, varying according to the effect the artist wants, and depending on whether the drawing is an end in itself — an independent and finished work of art -- or a preliminary to some other medium or form — although distinct from the final product, such drawings also have intrinsic artistic value. Preliminary drawings include various exercises (e.g., contour drawing, gesture drawing, figure drawing, drawing from the flat), as well as sketches and studies, cartoons and underdrawings. (Artlex.com)  and  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  emphasizes this, as the horizon becomes a single, flat  lineA mark with length and direction(-s). An element of art which refers to the continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point. Types of line include: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, straight or ruled, curved, bent, angular, thin, thick or wide, interrupted (dotted, dashed, broken, etc.), blurred or fuzzy, controlled, freehand, parallel, hatching, meandering, and spiraling. Often it defines a space, and may create an outline or contour, define a silhouette; create patterns, or movement, and the illusion of mass or volume. It may be two-dimensional (as with pencil on paper) three-dimensional (as with wire) or implied (the edge of a shape or form). (Artlex.com)  visible in the distance. In fact, much of Gorenko’s  imageryAn image is a picture, idea, or impression of a person, thing, or idea; or a mental picture of a person, thing, or idea. The word imagery refers to a group or body of related images. (Artlex.com)  is flattened, laid out on the  picture planeThe surface of a drawing or painting.  (or picture plain) in simple but effective compositions.

Gorenko’s work is found in the collections of the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, and the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, Alberta, as well as many private collections. He is represented by the Nouveau Gallery in Regina.


Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning