Stanley Ellis Day - On Stanley Ellis Day

I just remember Stan Day as quite a character who taught art at the University.  I believe Stan was from…he was American and I think he might have been from Washington.  He was a kind of painter who fell between the cracks to a certain degree.  He did some abstraction, some sort of representational work.  He was primarily a colourist.  I have to say that as a result of the Emma Lake Artist Workshops and to a certain degree I think because of the nature of the prairie landscape itself, that artists here have always been significantly interested in colour.  We have a very open landscape here, a really clear sun, and I think that’s influenced the way that people have worked.  As a result of the emphasis on colourfield painting in the '60s, the Emma Lake Artists Workshops, with artists like Ken Noland and so on, a lot of Saskatchewan artists and abstract artists, generally artists began to sort of open up their experience to colour, and started to use primary colours and to [use] really intense colours.  I think it was characteristic of the 60s in general, whether it’s Warhol or any number of other artists to push the colour aspect of art as opposed to the sort of somewhat more muted tones of regionalist art or some of the art that preceded that.  So I think in that way Stan was kind of picking up on that whole emphasis on really almost bright day-glo kind of colour with new commercial paints and so on.

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