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Richard Gorenko

Richard Gorenko was born in Saskatchewan in 1954. He holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (BFA, 1979), the University of Dallas (MA, 1980), and the University of Calgary (MFA, 1982). He has taught at several institutions including the Alberta University of the Arts, the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to his studio practice, he has contributed reviews and essays to various Canadian art publications over the years. He has also received a number of noteworthy Commissions and Arts Awards during his career. Richard’s paintings offer intelligent and thoughtful commentary on a diverse array of themes, ideas, and visual concerns and his work has been widely exhibited in Canada and the United States and is represented in many private, public, and corporate collections. Richard currently lives and works in Calgary.

M.F.A., University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

M.A., University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

B.F.A., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

HONOURS

Senior Arts Grant, The Canada Council for The Arts, 2001

Arts Grant “B”, The Canada Council for The Arts, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1998

Project Grant, The Canada Council for The Arts, 1985, 1988, 1992

Visual Arts Project Grant, The Alberta Foundation for The Arts, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009

Individual Assistance Grant, The Saskatchewan Arts Board, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Travel Grant, University of Calgary, Faculty of Graduate Studies, 1982

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Calgary, 1980, 1981

Research Grant, University of Calgary, Faculty of Graduate Studies, 1980

Rush Award, TFAA Exhibition, Dallas City Hall, Dallas, Texas, 1979

Tuition Scholarship, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, 1979

Dean’s Discretionary Award, University of Saskatchewan, 1978

COMMISSIONS

Arcis Corporation, Calgary, Alberta, 2000

University Centre Complex (External Frieze), University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1997

Caber Productions, Toronto, Ontario, 1995

City of Regina Transit Authority, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1990

COLLECTIONS

Air Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Agnes Etherington Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Alberta Foundation for The Arts, Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta Pacific, Athabasca, Alberta

Alberta Securities Commission, Calgary, Alberta

Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Bank of Montreal, Calgary, Alberta

Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, Calgary, Alberta

Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Pacific, Calgary, Alberta

City of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Clarkson Gordon, Regina, Saskatchewan

Department of External Affairs (International Trade), Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

Ernst and Young, Regina, Saskatchewan

Farm Credit Corporation, Regina, Saskatchewan

Fasken Martineau Dumoulin, Calgary, Alberta

Gulf Canada, Calgary, Alberta

Heenan Blaikie, Montreal, Quebec

Heller, Erhman, White and McAuliffe, Seattle, Washington

Husky Oil, Calgary, Alberta

Lignum Limited, Vancouver, British Columbia

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

MacPherson Leslie, Regina, Saskatchewan

McCarthy Tetrault, Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Miller Thomson, Calgary, Alberta

Morrison Petroleums, Calgary, Alberta

Norton Rose Canada, Montreal

Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Regina, Saskatchewan

SaskTel, Regina, Saskatchewan

Stykeman Elliot, Calgary, Alberta

Teatro, Calgary, Alberta

The Claridge Collection, Montreal, Quebec

The Canadiana Fund Collection, Ottawa, Ontrio

The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta

Toronto Dominion, Edmonton, Alberta

Tory’s, Toronto, Ontario

TrueNorth, Calgary, Alberta

University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

*As well as numerous private collections in Canada, The United States, and Europe

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Anderson, Jack. Fields: “Gorenko Captures Our Land and More”, The Leader Post, September 24, 1998

Arnold, Grant. “Richard Gorenko”, Vanguard, volume 13, no.10. p. 47

————————-. Introduction to “Richard Gorenko: Paintings and Drawings”, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, 1985

Borsa, Joan. “Another Prairies”, The Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario, 1986

———————. “Out of Saskatchewan: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art”, Sask Expo Corporation, 1986

———————. “The Second Generation: Fourteen Saskatchewan Painters”, Vanguard, volume 14, no. 10, p. 40

Dufour, Gary. “Locality Prevails: Richard Gorenko”, MacKenzie Art Gallery, 1988

Enright, Robert. “Saskatoon”, Canadian Art, volume 1, no. 2, pp. 51-57

GalleriesWest.ca, “A Prairie Vernacular”, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, 2019

Garneau, David. “Always Returning”, Nouveau Gallery, Galleries West. May 2006

Godley, Elizabeth. “Gorenko Shows Strong Populist Streak”, Vancouver Sun, December 11, 1987, p. D9

Gorenko, Richard. “Randy Burton”, Vanguard, volume 14, no. 1, p. 42

——————————-. “Simon Read”, Vanguard, volume 13, no. 7, pp. 33—34

——————————-. “Martin Ramirez”, Vanguard, volume 15, no. 2, p. 44

Heath, Terence. “Another Prairies”, Border Crossings, volume 6, no. 1, p. 28

—————————. “The Eighth Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition”, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1986

Laviolette, Mary-Beth. Topographies: “Gorenko Paintings On Top of Things”, Calgary Herald, May 26, 2001

Milrod, Linda. “Personal Bests”, Canadian Art, volume 2, no. 2, p. 48

Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, “A Prairie Vernacular”, Exhibition Catalogue, Summer 2020

Murray, Joan. “Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century”, Dundern, 1999

Muse, illustration (Shifting Patterns), Muse, Vol. XIV/3, 1996, p. 51

O’Brien, Mern. Forward to “The Eighth Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition”, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1986

Perry, Meta. “Gorenko’s Work Examines Value of Prairie Institiutions”, The Leader Post, Regina, October 8, 1985

Pavilion Contemporary Art Auction (Catalogue), Calgary Stampede Foundation, 2008, pp. 30, 31

Richmond, Cindy. “Saskatchewan Art: Tradition and Diversity”, University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, 1987

——————————-. “Outside Arcady: Four Regina Artists”, National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, 1989

——————————-. “Richard Gorenko at Susan Whitney Gallery”, C Magazine, no. 27, September 1990, pp. 62-63

Ring, Dan. “Saskatoon Imagined”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1989

——————. “Irresistable Tautology”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, 1995

Rochon, Lisa. “On Show”, The Globe and Mail, January 14, 1988, p. A28

Sabat, Christina. “Saskatchewan Art: Tradition and Diversity”, Arts Atlantic, volume 8, no. 3, Spring/Summer 1988

Shepard, Pilar. “Direct Message in Saskatoon Artist’s Work”, TheLeader Post, Regina, October 11, 1984

Sherman, Tom. Four Documentations, Regina Work Project, “Shifting Territories Without Leaving Home”, p.28, 1991

Staples,Wayne. “The Eighth Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition”, Vanguard, volume 8, no. 3, p. 50

Swain, Robert. Introduction by Robert Fulford, “Hidden Values: Canadian Art in Corporate Collections”, Douglas and McIntyre, 1994

Thurston, Harry. “The Eighth Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition”, Canadian Art, volume 3, no. 3, p. 106

Tousley, Nancy. Introduction, “Susan Whitney Gallery - A Birthday Celebration”, Susan Whitney Gallery, Tenth Anniversary - November 1979 to November 1989, pp. 6-7

University of Regina - University Centre Complex, catalogue, “The Artists”, p. 9, 1997

Wyatt, Joseph. “Pure and Simple”, University of Waterloo, 1993

Park-Taylor, Michael; Zepp, Norman. “The Second Generation: Fourteen Saskatchewan

Painters”, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1985

Ylitalo, Katherine. “The Story Behind the Artwork at Teatro”, Avenue Magazine Calgary, 2019

“Another Prairies”, Canadian Art, volume 3, no. 3, p. 35

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo

2018 Record, Retain, Retrieve, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2015 Tall Tales, Short Stories, and Non Sequiturs, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2014 In the Straits, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2013 Recent Work, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2011 Recollections, Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2009 Cabin Fever, Nouveau Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2006 Alawys Returning, Nouveau Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2004 Maybe You Can Drive My Car…, The Viewing Room, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2003 Every Direction Starts Somewhere, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

New Paintings, The Viewing Room, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2001 Deep Thought, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Topographies, TrepanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

2000 Deep Space, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1999 Wild Life, TrepanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

1999 New Paintings, Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1998 Fields, etc., Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1997 Richard Gorenko: New Work, TrepanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

1996 New Work, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1995 Irresistable Tautology, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1994 Journeys, Sites, and Symbols, TrepanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

A Work In Progress, Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1993 Pure and Simple, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

1992 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1990 Richard Gorenko: Paintings, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1989 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1988 Artists With Their Work, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1987 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1986 Richard Gorenko: Paintings and Drawings, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

(Circulated to Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

1984 A Hard Lesson To Follow, A.K.A. Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Group

2020 Summer Rhubarb, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2019 A Prairie Vernacular, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan;

Travelling to (through 2021): Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta;

Art Gallery of Swift Current, Swift Current, Saskatchewan;

Buhler Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Summer Rhubarb, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2018 Summer Rhubarb, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Saturnalia IV, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2017 Artists at Riverside Studio, Art Gallery of Woodstock, Woodstock, Ontario

2016 Saturnalia III, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2015 Artists at Riverside Studio, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario and Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph,

Ontario

Made in Calgary: The 2000’s, Nickle Art Gallery, U of C, Calgary, Alberta

Made in Calgary: The 1990’s, Art Gallery of Calgary, Alberta

2014 The Second Generation: Thirty Years Later, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Modern Visions: The Mendel Art Gallery 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Mendel Art Gallery,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saturnalia II, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2013 Saturnalia I, Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2012 ACAD Faculty Exhibition, ACAD, Calgary

Toronto Art Fair (Darrell Bell Gallery), Toronto, Ontario

2011 The Works (Collaborative Installation with Ken Webb at three Venues), Edmonton, Alberta

ACAD Faculty Exhibition, ACAD, Calgary

This Tree is For You…, Nouveau Gallery, Regina

2010 ACAD Faculty Exhibition, ACAD, Calgary

2009 When I Think of the Land, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Rick and Ken at Gallery 809, Calgary, Alberta

2008 ACADemy, Faculty Exhibion, ACAD, Calgary

2008 Group Show, Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2007 From Where I Stand: Contemporary Landscapes by Canadian Artists, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2006 Sketch, Faculty Exhibition, Universtiy of Lethbridge, Lethbridge , Alberta

2005 ACAD Faculty Exhibition, ACAD, Calgary, Alberta

Chasing Amnesia, The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2004 Trading Places: Susan Whitney Gallery Artists at Darryl Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2004 Field and Furrow, Tom Thompson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario

2004 Toronto Art Fair (Susan Whitney Gallery), Toronto, Ontario

2003 Toronto Art Fair (Susan Whitney Gallery), Toronto, Ontario

2003 Lodestar: Saskatchewan RCA and Friends, Kenderdine Art Gallery, U of S, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2002 Qu’Appelle: A Tale of Two Valleys, The McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario

Deep Prairie, Lyons Weir Gallery, New York City, New York

ACAD Faculty Exhibition, ACAD, Calgary, Alberta

2000 Toronto Art Fair (Susan Whitney Gallery), Toronto, Ontario

In/Land: Narrative in Western Landscape, The Nickle Arts Museum, University of

Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Summer Group Show, TrepanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

1999 Personal Obsession, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Canada’s Most Wanted and Unwanted, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1998 Six Degrees of Separation, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta

Group Show, TrepanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

1997 30th Anniversary Exhibition, The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary

1996 New Acquisitions, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Works From The Collection…, Kenderdine Gallery, University of Saskatchewan

Incipient Logic, TrepanierBaer (South Window Installation), Calgary, Alberta

1995 Seattle Art Fair (Susan Whitney Gallery), Seattle, Washington

1994 Hidden Values: Western Corporations Collect, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1993 Hear to See II, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, Ontario

Saskatchewan Symbiotics in the Visual Arts (The Canada Council Art Bank), Maison de la

Cote-des-Nieges, Montreal, Quebec

1992 Legal Perspectives: The Collection of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, The McMichael

Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario

Urban Perspectives, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary, Alberta

1991 Small Works, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Los Angeles Art Fair (Susan Whitney Gallery), Los Angeles, California

1989 Outside Arcady, National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Imagined, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Circulated to

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan)

1988 From The Landscape, Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, Alberta

Quiet Protest, A.K.A. Gallery, Saskatoon, Sasktchewan

Seven Artists From Western Canada, Gallery Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario

1987 Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Saskatchewan Art: Tradition and Diversity, University of New Brunswick Arts Centre,

Fredericton, New Brunswick

The Farm Show: A Documentary, A.K.A. Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Circulated

in Saskatchewan by the Mendel Art Gallery: Grace Campbell Art Gallery, Prince Albert;

Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre, Shaunavon; Allie Griffin Art Gallery,

Weyburn; Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Branch/Glen Elm Branch, Regina; National

Exhibition Centre, Swift Current; Chapel Gallery, North Battleford; Godfrey Dean

Cultural Centre, Yorkton)

1986 The Eighth Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia,

(Circulated to: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Ringhouse

Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; Southern Alberta Art Gallery,

Lethbridge, Alberta; The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta)

Out of Saskatchewan: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Robson Square Exhibition

Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia (Circulated to Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina,

Saskatchewan)

1986 Another Prairies, The Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario (Circulated in

Saskatchewan by the Mendel Art Gallery: Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre,

Shaunavon; Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon;

National Exhibition centre, Swift Current; Moose Jaw Art Museum, Moose Jaw)

A Sense of Place, Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1985 Artist’s Choice, Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

The Second Generation: Fourteen Saskatchewan Painters, MacKenzie Art Gallery,

Regina, Saskatchewan

Representation Proposition, Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Heritage Art Exhibition, Legislative Building, Regian, Saskatchewan

1984 Saskatchewan Open, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1983 Ten Canadians, Evelyn Amis Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1982 Emerging Calgary Artists, Ringhouse Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

1981 Emerging Calgary Artists, Gallery Moos, Calgary, Alberta