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Kenneth Lochhead

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Approach

Ken Lochhead discusses his studies at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where students handled and studied directly from original works in the collection. Touching on the Emma Lake experience in Saskatchewan where he invited the New York critic Clement Greenberg to conduct workshops, Ken stresses, "it was the best thing that ever happened in Canadian art was to open the doors to international concepts and ideas and biases".

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Eclecticism

Ken defends his eclectic approach to art. As a student he met Picasso, "the one closest to God at the time". The inspiring encounter made him realize that the master, "robbed, he stole from art history" - a true eclectic approach.

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Philosophy

Ken works freely when he paints, welcoming the influence of variety, chance and the "play factor, being able to play".

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Decoration

Words like "decoration" have fallen out of fashion in today's art schools yet all great art possesses decorative qualities.

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Vocabulary

Describing a class assignment Lochhead set for students at the National Ballet School, he examines the "power of the word". We live in a "strongly dependent narrative society" where focus on the noun (subject) comes at the expense of the adjective (intuition) and the verb (New York School of abstract Expressionism).

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