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Stanford Perrott

Perrott

Bowery, 1954. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

A prolific watercolorist and dedicated art educator, Stan Perrott has been regarded by art historians and critics as one of the most important figures in the development of art in Alberta during the post World War II period.

Born in 1917 near Stavely, south of Calgary, Perrott graduated from the Provincial Institute of Technology & Art in 1939, and returned to teach at this school in 1946. In the mid 1950s, Perrott studied with famous Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachusetts and in New York with Will Barnet at Atelier 17 and the Art Students League. As head of the Alberta College of Art from 1967 to 1974, which were years of growth and development, he provided critical continuity and vision. In all, Perrott, who was a gifted educator, spent nearly forty years guiding a generation of Alberta artists. Under his unconventional tutelage, young artists learned to challenge the boundaries of regionalism and traditionalism and to embrace new artistic visions and expressions, whereas prior to his emergence on the scene, the prime influence on Alberta artists was European artists. His time was so occupied with teaching he often had no time himself to paint, but he believed strongly in the importance of teaching and did not resent the sacrifice. In any case, he did produce a significant body of work and his paintings have been exhibited around the world.

In 1988, Stanford Perrott was awarded the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize for his outstanding contributions to art and education in Alberta. He is also the recipient of the Alberta College of Art Board of Governors’ Award of Excellence, The Province of Alberta’s Achievement Award and, in 1991, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary. The Stan Perrott lecture theatre at ACAD is named in his honor. He died in 2001 at the age of 84.

His artwork appears in the TREX exhibition Pretty Much Black & White and Portraiture.

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