Frederick Hagan, Fragment of a Legend, 1965, stone lithograph on paper, 26″ x 19″. Ted Fullerton, Nietzsche and Me, 2016, stone lithograph on paper, 30″ x 22″.
Mentor and Me
The Stone Lithographs of Frederick Hagan & Ted Fullerton
February 17 – May 21, 2023
Mentor & Me is a celebration of a student-teacher relationship that developed into a lifelong friendship rooted in a shared commitment to stone lithography, the breadth of visual expression, and a deep mutual respect. Frederick Hagan was an instrumental figure in the development of the printmaking program at the Ontario College of Art during his 37-year tenure as an instructor, inspiring hundreds of Canadian artists and printmakers – including Ted Fullerton. In 1972, Fullerton arrived in Hagan’s printmaking class and was immediately captivated by the medium and Hagan’s unique insights and teachings.
Bringing together the stone lithographs of Hagan and Fullerton has accentuated the interconnections between their works, while pointing to a broader network of mentorship and influence that has shaped their careers and has been carried forward through their contributions to Canadian printmaking. Though the exhibition celebrates this important pairing, it equally asks us to consider stone lithography as a medium and to reflect on the broad importance of mentorship, influence, and the many ways in which everything that we do is indebted to the people and contexts that surround us.
Ted Fullerton is a Canadian artist who works in painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture and has achieved awards in all four media. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections. He has been awarded a number of public sculpture commissions across Ontario and has participated in over 65 solo exhibitions and 110 group exhibitions. Recently, Fullerton was invited by the European Cultural Centre to exhibit during the 2022 Venice Biennale.
Frederick Hagan (1918-2003) was a lithographer, painter, watercolourist, draftsman, and art educator who inspired many generations of Canadian artists. Working in a moment where abstraction was gaining increasing popularity, Hagan remained committed to figuration. In 1967, Hagan was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medial and in 1988 the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal. His work is held in many public collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Royal Ontario Museum.
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