Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

A Sublime Vernacular
The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

Recollections

Those who knew Levine Flexhaug or watched him paint are invited to share their recollections and reflections in this section of the website. Visitors to the website are also welcome to comment on his paintings and his practice.

The section is launched with a “memoir” by Wayne Morgan. A former Curator/Director of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Morgan first became aware of Flexhaug as a teenager in Weyburn. Here he discusses the impact of his encounter with Flexhaug’s paintings and their relationship to both the history of western Canada and the visual arts in Saskatchewan.

 

Why Do I Like This?

Searching for the Past in Collecting Flexhaugs

Wayne Morgan

As far as I know, I was the first person from the art world to take an interest in Levine Flexhaug. During my fifteen years as Curator/ Director of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, I bought my first Flexie at a small antique shop in the 1970s … perhaps attracted by vague memories, perhaps looking at it through a lens of Pop culture or irony, perhaps considering it a part of the research into regional culture that was informing many of the exhibitions I was generating at the Dunlop. Then I bought another, and another … and today I own nearly one hundred.

Trying to understand why I am attracted to this work takes me back to my personal history and to the history of western Canada.

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