Ron Moppett explores the region between what is real and the representation of real. Mining a diversity of historical and cultural styles, the artist presents a multi-layered view of contemporary culture and the ambiguity of daily life. Thus we are confronted with a complex of color and form, inversions and reversions that play on reversals and challenge the hierarchies of medium and message.

Ron Moppett RCA


Ron Moppett is a painter living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Born in England in 1945, he emigrated to Canada in 1957. Moppett attended the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary from 1963 to 1967, and the Instituto de Allende in Mexico in 1968.

His work has been included in many touring national exhibitions including "Curnoe / Ewen / Falk / Moppett" in 1982 and "Reflections: Canadian Art Since 1964" at the National Gallery of Canada in 1984. Important solo exhibitions include his first retrospective exhibition "Ron Moppett" at the Walter Philips Gallery, Banff in 1982 and "Painting Nature with a Mirror: Ron Moppett 1974-1989" curated by Katherine Ylitalo for the Glenbow Museum, Calgary in 1990.

Moppett's work is in many corporate and public collections including the Glenbow Museum, Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada and the Musee d'art Contemporain de Montreal. In 1997 he won the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, one of the largest national awards given annually to a visual artist in Canada. Most recently in 2005, Moppett received the Alberta Centennial Medal for significant contribution to the arts in Alberta.

My images are both created and appropriated. They range from pop advertising to the art historical and everything in between. The work comes together as collage: associated representations—speculations on everyday life and circumstances, a jamming of spaces and edges. Like concrete poetry, my paintings are more about the symbolic make-up of an idea or theme. They are anthologies of different registers of style, colour and forms of expression operating in the slipstream between the abstract and the representational. My work is about being an author, an image builder and at the same time, a viewer, reader and enthusiast of art and its many histories.