New art from an old artist

Aaron Stuckel
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Hanging front and centre at the Mosaic Gallery at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre is one of Cloutier's water colours. His paintings will be at the gallery until August 25th.

The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre has on a new display at the Mosaic Gallery.

A collection of watercolour paintings by Buffalo Pound’s S. Paul Cloutier will be shown until Aug. 25th.

The 93-year-old Lafleche, Saskatchewan native has had an interesting career that started after a return home from the Second World War when Cloutier attended the Vancouver School of Art in 1945. After moving back to Saskatchewan, Cloutier attended a number of art schools and workshops in the province and ended up with a job with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. There he painted portraits of famous Saskatchewan athletes like Ron Lancaster and George Reed.

“I did about eight or 10 a year for 20 years,” said Cloutier.

In 1969, Cloutier was commissioned to paint portraits of Ross Thatcher and Lieutenant Governor R.L. Hanbridge that still remain in the Legislature today.

But after illness forced him to retire from his job with the Hall of Fame, Cloutier began painting landscapes of his home province.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Mosaic Gallery, Vancouver School of Art Saskatchewan Sports Hall Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Buffalo Pound

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