Dulcie Foo Fat

 
 

 

 

NEWS

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

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. She teaches for the University of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art and Design.

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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
1977-1978  Canada Council B Grant
1989-1990  Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism Project Grant (used for photographic research in Northern Yukon National Park, Western Arctic)
 
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
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alta.
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alta.
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
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
1987-1988  Dance with Minutiæ: the Paintings of Dulcie Foo Fat, The Nickle Arts Museum, the University of Calgary
1999  Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
2000  Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2007  Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2011  Dulcie Foo Fat: New Works, Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
Principal Group Exhibitions
1974  Fourteen from Calgary, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Alta.
1974  Young Contemporary, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary Artists, Calgary
1974  Prairie '74, Edmonton Art Gallery
1974-1975  Rose Museum, Glenbow Museum, Calgary
1974-1975  Rose Museum, Burnaby Art Museum
1976  Three Painters, Southern Alberta Gallery, Lethbridge
1977  Albertawork, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary
1977  Alberta Society of Artists, Glenbow Museum, Calgary
1977  Realism in Canada Traditional and New, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
1978  Subway Gallery, Calgary
1979  Alberta Society of Artists, Shell Center Gallery, Calgary
1979  Late 70's Accessions from the Alberta Art Foundation, Beaver House Gallery, Edmonton
1979  Late 70's Accessions from the Alberta Art Foundation, Red Deer Gallery, Alberta
1980  Alberta Now, Edmonton Art Gallery
1981  Gallery Artists, Aggregation Gallery, Toronto
1982  Calgary Corporations Collect Realism, Muttart Gallery, Calgary
1983  Choices: From the First Decade of the Alberta Art Foundation, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton
1984  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art, Calgary
1986-1987  Spaces and Places: Landscapes from the Alberta Art Foundation, The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary
1987  Contemporary Realism, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
1987  The Contemporary Landscape, Oakville Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
1988  Close-ups, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
1988  From the Landscape, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary
1989  Painting Representing Landscape, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary
1990  Recent Paintings, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto
1990  Spaces and Places: Eight Decades of Landscape Painting, Hokaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Hokaido, Japan
1993  Distinctly Canadian, McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
1994  Hidden Values: Western Corporations Collect, Edmonton Art Gallery
1994  Reflecting Paradise, Home Oil Tower, Calgary
1994  Gallery Artists 2, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary
1995-1998  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
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  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
1996  A Musician's Nomenclature, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1996  A Visual Interlude, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary
1997  Moving Through Ecosystems, Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1999  High Realism: Paintings from the collection of the Alberta for the Arts Foundation, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alta.
2000  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
2001  Faculty Show, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
2002  Perspectives: Women Artists in North America, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
2002-2005  Faculty Show, Fine Art Department, University of Calgary
2004  Informal Ideas, 04-03, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
2004-2005  Faculty Show, Fine Art Department, University of Calgary
2006  SEE: three decades of realist painting at the University of Calgary, Mezzaine Gallery, University of Calgary
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)
2009  Gallery without Walls: Celebrating 50 years Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary
2009  The Big Summer Show, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
2009  Group Show, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver
2013  Made in Calgary: The 1970s, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
2013  Made in Calgary: The 1980s, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
2016  GENERATIONS: 50 Years of Art at the University and Beyond, Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
Principal Collections
Alberta Art Foundation, Alberta Culture, Edmonton, Alberta
Bank of Montreal, Calgary
Branalta Investments, Calgary, Alberta
C.I.L., Toronto, Ontario
City of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Credit Suisse, Toronto
Czar Resources, Calgary
Foothills Hospital, Calgary
Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Guaranty Trust, Toronto
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Norcen Energy Resources Limited, Calgary, Alberta
Nova Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
Oakwood Petroleum, Calgary, Alberta
Ocelot Industries, Calgary, Alberta
Omni Drilling, Calgary, Alberta
Petro Canada, Calgary, Alberta
Shaw Communications Inc., Calgary, Alberta
Shell Canada, Calgary, Alberta
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
University of Lethbridge, Alberta
Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta
 
Selected Bibliography
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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