Doug Morton

Douglas Gibb Morton (Doug Morton) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1926. After a brief stay in the army, he studied at the Winnipeg School of Art under the direction of Canadian Group of Seven painter LeMoine Fitzgerald. In the following years he studied at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1947-48), the Academie Jullan, L'Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Studio of Andre L'Hote in Paris, France (1949), and the Camberwell School of Art and the studio of Martin Bloch in London, England (1950-51).

His professional artistic career continued in 1951 to 1953 as the curator for the Calgary Allied Arts Centre in Calgary, Alberta. In 1954 Morton accepted an appointment as the manager of his family company, MacKay-Morton Ltd., an industrial pipe distributor in Regina, Saskatchewan.1 For the next thirteen years he helped to raise a family, and manage the business, finding time to paint in the early mornings and late evenings.2

In 1961 Morton exhibited with Ken Lochhead, Art McKay, Ron Bloore, and Ted Godwin at the National Gallery of Canada in the show "Five Painters from Regina." Within his artistic practice, Morton was primarily concerned with colour and colour theory. His large scale paintings of flat colours and bold shapes demonstrate his exploration around colour interaction. His noteworthy paintings include "Brownscape" (1961), "Fractured Black" (1964), "Green Centre" (1967), and "Token" (1970).

He later joined the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus in 1967 as Director of Visual Arts and Associate Professor of Art. He left Regina a few years later to take up a position at York University in Toronto. From 1969 to 1980, he held a variety of posts, including Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate M.F.A. Programme (1973-76), Acting Chairperson, Department of Visual Arts (1978), and Vice-chairperson of Senate (1979). Morton was also Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria (1980-85), and President, Alberta College of Art, (1985-87).

Throughout his academic administrative career, Morton developed a reputation for effective management and the formulation of innovative and creative fine arts programs.

Douglas Morton died on January 4, 2004.



1 The Encyclopaedia of Saskatchewan. Morton, Doug (1926-2004) 13 December 2011.
2 ARTSask. Douglas Morton. 13 December 2011.

Last reviewed: 2017-Aug-22