Canadian [b. 1945]
Alberta Society of Artists, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Ron Moppett (born 1945) is a celebrated Canadian artist known primarily for his abstract works combining painting, collage, and non-traditional materials. Drawing inspiration from a variety of historical and cultural styles, the artist offers a diverse view of pop culture and a glimpse into the “dailiness” of life. A brilliant colourist, Moppett stencils and distills shapes with oil and acrylic paint, creating complex picture puzzles that hold multiple layers of meaning.
Moppett has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Two major surveys of his work have been organized, the first by the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre in 1982 and, secondly, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in 1990.
In 2012 the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation commissioned Moppett to create a 110-foot long mosaic “THESAMEWAYBETTER/READER” containing over 950,000 tiles. This public installation is now the largest freestanding mosaic mural in Canada and represents a significant re-rejuvenation to Calgary’s East Village neighbourhood.