Ted Godwin is one of the Regina Five group of painters, known for his Tartan Series, Dying Orchids Series and large landscapes that explore the interactions of the river-edge. Writing in the Georgia Straight, Paula Gustafson states "Like Godwin's robust persona, his paintings are a bold, full-colour synthesis of realism, abstract expressionism, and traditional European Romanticism… he may have finally perfected the ice-blue effect of light refracting on water over white gravel."
Godwin's many major public collectors include The National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, Art Gallery of Hamilton, CBC, University of Regina, and the Confederation Art Centre. As well, his works are in numerous private and corporate collections.
Ted Godwin graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art in 1955. He worked as an art director for T.V. and as a neon sign designer until 1964. He studied with Barnett Newman, John Ferren, Jules Olitski and Lawrence Alloway at the Emma Lake Artists Workshop from 1959 to 1965. Godwin has been exhibiting since 1955 and has had more than 60 solo exhibitions. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974. Ted Godwin received the Order of Canada in the summer of 2004 for his excellence in the field of visual art.
Ted Godwin passed away on January 4, 2013 but will continue to remain an integral part of Canadian art history, and his influence on fine art will live on through his paintings.