Artwork by Edward W. (Ted) Godwin,  Hidden Valley (B)

Ted Godwin
Hidden Valley (B)

oil on canvas
signed, titled (twice) and dated 1982 on the stretcher
81 x 69 ins ( 205.7 x 175.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $18,000.00$15,000.00 - $18,000.00

Price Realized $17,250.00
Sale date: November 25th 2015

Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, Art Sales and Rental Service
Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Montreal
Ted Godwin was the youngest member of the avant-garde group of Saskatchewan artists known as the Regina Five. This group included Ken Lochhead, Art McKay, Ron Bloore, and Douglas Morton. Godwin and his Regina Five colleagues broke onto the national art scene in 1961 with an exhibition entitled “Five Painters from Regina” at the National Gallery of Canada. During the early 1960s, Godwin participated in the Emma Lake Artists' Workshops with renowned artists Barnett Newman, Lawrence Alloway, Jules Olitsky and John Ferren.

This luminous large-scale landscape is in Godwin's signature style. His attention to the reflections on the lake and his use of vibrant blues, greens and turquoise, with a mix of broad and shorter brushstrokes, make his artwork both down to earth and magical. “Hidden Valley” is a reminder of the duality of natural wonders in Canada.

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Edward W. (Ted) Godwin
(1933 - 2013) Regina Five, RCA, Order of Canada

Born in Calgary, Alberta, he studies at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, Calgary, under Illingworth Kerr and others: at the university of Saskatchewan Workshops under Barnett Newman and John Ferren. He worked as a television artist at Lethbridge and as a newon sign designer in Lethbridge and Calgary and won a second price in an international neon sign designing competition in 1960.

One of the Regina Five group of painters, Ted Godwin is known for his Tartan Series, Dying Orchids Series, and large landscapes that explore the interactions of the river-edge. He held his first one man show in Calgary at the Allied Art Centre in 1958 and a second at the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, in 1960. It was not until his joint exhibit with the “Five Painters from Regina” that his work became known to a wider audience. This exhibition was organized by Richard Simmins who was then Chief of the Exhibition Extension Service of the National Gallery of Canada, who noted of the artist, “His rich kaleidoscopic canvases vigorously brushed into existence, depend in many instances upon delightful colour relationships which appear to the casual observer as miraculous accidents.”

Godwin's other showings have been at: Stratford Shakespearean Festival Exhibition, Stratford, Ontario (1962); “Three From Regina” at the Dorothy Cameron Gallery, Toronto (1962); two man show at the Blue Barn Gallery, Ottawa (1962); two man show at Gallery XII, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1962); Winnipeg Biennial (1964); and the 3rd, 4th, and 6th Biennials of Canadian Art. He worked in Greece on a Canada Council Scholarship 1962-3. He is represented in the following collections: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery; National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Agnes Etherington Art Centre; Guelph Agricultural College; Canadian Industries Limited (Montreal) and the School of Architecture, University of Manitoba. He taught at the University of Saskatchewan School of Art, Regina and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977