Ron Moppett

Home and Away

2006
Ron Moppett's paintings aim to contemplate the "the edge between a real thing and the representation of a thing" through a process that often combines sections of painterly realism with moments of abstraction. To create the latter, Moppett employs a stencilling technique: paper cut-outs of quasi-recognizable, quasi-abstracted shapes that guide his brush toward the realization of semi-legible signs and symbols. The diptych "Home and Away" compiles many years' worth of the artist's lexicon of stencils that his Calgary studio. Playing on the double nature of this tool to convey either positive or negative forms or outlines, the colourful left side of the work contrasts with an inverted and surreptitiously identical black-and-white rendition of the same composition to the right. While in stark contrast, the two lightly touched canvases meld into an exceptionally balanced work of art that offers innumerable visual pathways, and interpretations, for the viewer's eye.
Artist
Title
Home and Away
Date
2006
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
163.1 x 250 x 3.8 cm overall
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Accession number
42218.1-2