Central Library's Lorne St. entrance is temporarily unavailable this morning due to a mural installation. Please use the 12th Avenue door instead.
Opening Reception, Saturday, July 16, 1:00 pm
The Lumsden-based artist John Nugent has been a central figure on Saskatchewan's cultural scene for over fifty years. Nugent is best known for his large abstract metal sculptures, which reference a North American modernist aesthetic of the latter 20th century. Born in Montreal in 1921, Nugent went on to study at St. John's University in Minnesota and moved to Lumsden in 1948. In 1960 Regina architect Clifford Wiens designed a studio for Nugent, and with the help of fellow artists Roy Kiyooka and Kenneth Lochhead the four built this unique conical-shaped concrete building.
Nugent's creative efforts over his illustrious career have included liturgical commissions in silver, life-sized cast bronze figures, candle making and welded steel constructions. He also taught fine arts at University of Regina from 1970 to 1985. In 2005, the artist began investigating digital photography and a resulting study of snowdrifts around the Lumsden area are the highlight of this exhibition. Nugent brings a sculptor's eye to the depiction of such an ephemeral subject matter, as each drift, rendered in black and white, evokes the simplicity of modernist forms.
John Nugent, Untitled, 2005. Photo courtesy of the artist.