Dulcie Foo Fat

 
 

 

 

NEWS

Reproductions of Dulcie Foo Fat's "Chinese New Year" from The City of Calgary Public Art Collection will soon [spring/summer 2018] appear on glass shelters as part of the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. One copy will be paired with a Jim Nicoll painting at the southbound shelter near Falconridge Blvd and Castleridge Blvd NE. Another will be paired with a Chris Flodberg painting at the westbound shelter near 37 St and Richardson Way SW.

Dulcie Foo Fat's work "Chinese Dinner" is featured on Glenbow Museum's Artpad website. Have a look!

Wikipedia now has an entry for Dulcie Foo Fat. Here!

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I make art because the process engages me. Working from postcard size photographs, mostly of landscapes but occasionally of figures or interiors, I am attracted to an image by the way in which light reveals form through the modulation of colour and to the complex rhythms which structure the microscopic landscape of the forest floor.

Motivated by an excitement and desire to "know" my source material through the process of rendering it, I have a great respect for the visual facts as I find them. I sense that, in the small universe of rocks and microscopic lichen that are frequently my subject, apparently random events are in fact determined by variables or laws of physics and biology too innumerable to quantify.

My influences range from the depiction of the nature in early Renaissance painting and the interiors of Vermeer to the colour field abstractions of Jackson Pollock. I would like to create an art that occupies a territory between Abstract Expressionism and Photorealism. My unfashionably apolitical ambition is, in the manner of a craftsperson, and in a world saturated with art objects, to add a few works of beauty. In doing this I record the fragile groundscapes of the Rocky Mountains, part of the shrinking natural world of which we have custody.

For me evolution is a slow and intuitive process. I am presently trying to relinquish control and balance deliberate marks with chance events. In recent works I have begun to fracture and focus on still smaller areas of the images which are my subject, eliminating contextual clues. I aspire to transcend my source material, the photograph.


NARRATIVE BIOGRAPHY

Dulcie Foo Fat was born in London, England in 1946. She obtained a B.A. in painting from Reading University in 1969 and an M.A. in Fine Art from the University of Calgary in 1974. In 1977-78 she was awarded a Canada Council B grant and in 1989 received an Alberta Project grant which enabled her to undertake a photographic expedition in the Northern Yukon. In 1985 she was a resident visiting artist at the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, California and in 1990 a visiting artist in the Department of art at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Throughout the past thirty years her paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally including a solo travelling exhibition organized by the Whyte Museum in 1987 (Dance With Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat). Her work is included in many private and public collections in Canada and other countries including those of the Glenbow Museum, the Mendel Art Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Collection, the University of Calgary and Lethbridge University, and the Whyte Museum. Dulcie lives and works in Calgary. From 1988 to 2012 she taught for the Extended Studies department of the Alberta College of Art and Design (now: Alberta University of the Arts) and the Continuing Education Department at the University of Calgary.

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Curriculum Vitae

Born
London, England, 1946
 
Education
B.A. Honours Degree in Fine Art, Reading University, Berkshire, England, 1969
Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate, Whitelands College, London, England, 1970
M.A. Fine Art, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1974
 
Grants
1989-1990  Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism Project Grant (used for photographic research in Northern Yukon National Park, Western Arctic)
1977-1978  Canada Council B Grant
 
Visiting Artist Residency
Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, California. Resident Artist, 1985.
Department of Art, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Visiting Artist, 1990.
 
Teaching Experience
Extended Studies, Alberta College of Art. Instructor in credit and non-credit courses in Introductory Drawing, 2 Dimensional Art Fundamentals, Introductory Painting, Colour and Landscape Painting, 1989-2012.
Fine Art Department, University of Calgary. Sessional Instructor, Art Fundamentals, 2002-2005.
Red Deer College, Series '90, '91, '93. Instructor in Intermediate and Advanced Painting, Landscape and Still Life Painting, 1990-1993.
Alberta College of Art. Sessional Instructor in Introductory Painting, 1989-2003.
Faculty of Continuing Education, University of Calgary. Instructor in "Colour Theory", "Landscape and Still Life, Real and Imagined", and "Painting from the Photo", 1988-2012.
The Banff Centre, Alberta. Resident Artists in "Artist in the School" Program, 1984-1989 (Lethbridge, Calgary and Medicine Hat).
Alberta College of Art. Sessional Instructor, 3rd year Drawing, and Introductory Painting, 1983-1984.
Fine Art Department, University of Calgary. Sessional Instructor, Drawing and Design, 1974-1975.
University of Calgary. Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Drawing, 1971-1974.
 
Principal Solo Exhibitions
2011  Dulcie Foo Fat: New Works, Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2007  New and Selected Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000  Foo Fat / Thomas, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1999  Recent Paintings, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
1991  Recent Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, The McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, UBC Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, The Nickle Arts Museum, the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
1986  New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1982  Recent Paintings, Aggregation Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
 
Principal Group Exhibitions
2021  Portraits: Remembering the Face, The Edge Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2021  The Forest's Edge, The Edge Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2016  GENERATIONS: 50 Years of Art at the University and Beyond, Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
2013  Made in Calgary: The 1980s, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
2013  Made in Calgary: The 1970s, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
2009  Gallery without Walls: Celebrating 50 years Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
2009  The Big Summer Show, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2009  Group Show, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2007-2008  Our home and Native Land: an Exhibition from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Embassy of Canada, Washington D.C., USA (September 18th 2007 to January 15th 2008)
2006  SEE: three decades of realist painting at the University of Calgary, Mezzaine Gallery, University of Calgary
2004-2005  Faculty Show, Fine Art Department, University of Calgary
2004  Informal Ideas, 04-03, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
2003  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
2002-2005  Faculty Show, Fine Art Department, University of Calgary
2002  Perspectives: Women Artists in North America, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario
2001  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
2000  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
1999  High Realism: Paintings from the collection of the Alberta for the Arts Foundation, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta
1997  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
1997  Moving Through Ecosystems, Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Memorial Art Gallery, Univeristy of Rochester, Rochester, New York
1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Gibbs Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina
1996  A Visual Interlude, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary, Alberta
1996  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
1996  A Musician's Nomenclature, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1995-1998  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
1994  Hidden Values: Western Corporations Collect, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1994  Gallery Artists 2, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
1994  Reflecting Paradise, Home Oil Tower, Calgary, Alberta
1993  Distinctly Canadian, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
1990  Spaces and Places: Eight Decades of Landscape Painting, Hokaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Hokaido, Japan
1990  Recent Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1989  Painting Representing Landscape, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1988  From the Landscape, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1988  Close-ups, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
1987  The Contemporary Landscape, Oakville Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
1987  Contemporary Realism, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
1986-1987  Spaces and Places: Landscapes from the Alberta Art Foundation, The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
1984  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
1983  Choices: From the First Decade of the Alberta Art Foundation, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
1982  Calgary Corporations Collect Realism, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1981  Gallery Artists, Aggregation Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1980  Alberta Now, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1979  Alberta Society of Artists: The Shell Canada Collection, Shell Center Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1979  Late 70's Accessions from the Alberta Art Foundation, Beaver House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1979  Late 70's Accessions from the Alberta Art Foundation, Red Deer Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta
1978  Subway Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1977  Albertawork, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1977  Alberta Society of Artists, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
1977  Realism in Canada Traditional and New, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
1976  Three Painters, Southern Alberta Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
1974  Prairie '74, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1974  Young Contemporary, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary Artists, Calgary, Alberta
1974-1975  Rose Museum, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
1974-1975  Rose Museum, Burnaby Art Museum, Burnaby, British Columbia
1974  Fourteen from Calgary, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
 
Principal Collections
Alberta Art Foundation, Alberta Culture, Edmonton, Alberta
Bank of Montreal, Calgary, Alberta
City of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Credit Suisse, Toronto, Ontario
Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Nova Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
Petro Canada, Calgary, Alberta
Shaw Communications Inc., Calgary, Alberta
Shell Canada, Calgary, Alberta
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta
Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta
 
Selected Bibliography
Brandon, Dickenson, Grattan. The Good Lands: Canada through the eyes of Artists. 2017.
Kjorlien, Melanie, Editor. Made in Calgary: An Exploration of Art from the 1960's to the 2000s. The Glenbow Museum. 2016.
Townshend, Nancy. Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains 1809-2012. Bayeux Arts Inc.. November, 2012.
Laviolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Art Chronicle: Adventures In Recent And Contemporary Art 1970-2000. Altitude Publishing. December, 2005.
Zimon, Kathy E.. The Alberta Society of Artists: the First Seventy Years. University of Calgary Press. 2000.
Kope, Gordon. Beauty Under Siege: Paradise Found. Avenue Magazine. Calgary Allied Arts Foundation. September, 1996.
Westra, Monique. Dance with Minutiae: The Paintings of Dulcie Foofat, exhibition Banff: The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. 1988.
Tousley, Nancy. "Artist Explores Detail with Methodical Zeal." The Calgary Herald. September, 1986.
Ainslie, Patricia. "The Norcen Gift." Glenbow. September/October, 1986.
Ainslie, Patricia. "New Art Acquisitions." Glenbow. July/August, 1984.
Stocking John. "A Fine Feeling for Light." Visual Arts Newsletter. October, 1984.
Hume, Christopher. "Calgary Artist Closes in on the Details of a Vast Land." Toronto Star. April 11, 1982.
Mays, John Bentley. "Traditional Form, Novel Approach." The Globe and Mail. April 10, 1982.
Tousley Nancy. "Interview with Dulcie Foo Fat." Glenbow. September/October, 1986.
Ainslie, Patricia. "New Art Acquisitions." Artscanada. December/January, 1978-79.
Woods, Kay. "Toronto - Showcase of East and West." Arts West. April, 1982.
Hogg, Carol. "Here's a Painter who Freely Uses the Camera as a Tool." The Calgary Herald. October 19, 1974.
McGregor, Ron. "The Art Show Offers Variety of Interests, Styles." Edmonton Journal. February 9, 1974.
Richards, Jean. "Gallery Summer Show is Best Yet." Edmonton Journal. July 13, 1974.
Twenty/Twenty, Contemporary Canadian Art. selected by Marci and Louise Lipman. Lester and Orphen Dennys Publishers, Toronto.
Foofat, Dulcie. An Examination of the Relationship between the Style New Realism in Painting and Modern Art and between New Realism and Traditional Realism (unpublished thesis). University of Calgary. 1974.
 

 

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