Kenneth Lochhead (1926-2006)

Special Location, 1997
oil on panel, 24" ×32"
Gatineau Sail, 1997
oil on panel, 24" ×32"
Regal Salute, 1964
acrylic on canvas, 68" ×144"


Kenneth Lochhead (1926-2006) – Artist Biography

Born in Ottawa in 1926, Kenneth Lochhead studied art at Queen’s University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation. He was appointed Director of the School of Art at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina campus in 1950 and remained in Regina until 1964. In 1955, while in Regina, he initiated the Emma Lake Professional Artists’ Workshops, which brought about a renaissance in Saskatchewan art and helped propel it onto the international scene. He was also a member of the Regina Five painters who exhibited at the National Gallery in 1961 and who were considered to be at the forefront of Canada’s modern art movement at that time. He later taught at the University of Manitoba (1964-1973), York University (1973-1975), and the University of Ottawa (1975-1989). He retired in 1989 and worked in his studio on a full-time basis until his death in 2006.

From 1953 until 2006 Lochhead exhibited in over three hundred national and international exhibitions and received over 18 major Canadian and international art commissions. His public commissions included a mural for the Regina Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, a mural for the Gander International Airport, the design for Manitoba’s Centennial Stamp, relief decoration for the Canadian Chancery in Warsaw, Poland, and a mural for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa. In 2005 the Mackenzie Art Gallery marked Saskatchewan's Centennial celebrations with a sixty-year retrospective of Lochhead’s career. Kenneth Lochhead-Garden of Light paid homage to the art, teaching, education, and vision of this man who helped to establish contemporary art in Canada.

Aside from his distinguished career as an artist and educator, Lochhead served on many national and provincial public boards, committees, and organizations. He was awarded The Order of Canada in 1971, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Regina in2001, and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2006.


  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tuition Scholarships, 1946, 1947, 1948
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Emlin Cresson Memorial Travelling Scholarship
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Lewis S. Ware Memorial Travelling Scholarship
  • O’Keefe Art Awards Competition, Toronto, 1950. First Prize
  • Canada Council Grant, for Travel in Europe, 1958
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Biennial, 1962. First Prize: Painting
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 80th Spring Exhibition, 1963 Jessie Dow Award
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 81st Spring Exhibition, 1964 Robinson Award
  • Centennial Medal, 1967
  • Governor General’s Honours List, 1971. Awarded Medal of the Order of Canada. OC
  • Canada Council Grant, 1971
  • Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, 1992
  • Member: Royal Canadian Academy, RCA. 1996
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Regina. 2001
  • Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002.
  • Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2006. 

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Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.