Kinsman Robinson Galleries

May 03, 2013 16:33 ET

William McElcheran: Paper To Bronze at Kinsman Robinson Galleries

May 4 - 31, 2013

Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Catalogue Available. Public welcome.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 3, 2013) - Internationally acclaimed sculptor William McElcheran (1927-1999) embraced a wide variety of media as a means of expression. He was equally adept at drawing, painting, bas-relief and sculpture. This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into McElcheran's artistic breadth. It covers many of the imaginative ways the artist made use of two-dimensional prints, drawings, pastels, three-dimensional terra-cotta reliefs and bronze sculpture to express his often complex and personal philosophy and views on art. He liked to give his view into how he thought the world should work and be designed.

"I always thought of art as being an expression of something more than the individual, but of civilization as a whole" - William McElcheran.

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This retrospective features over a dozen bronzes, three terra cotta bas-reliefs and eighteen drawings, both graphite and pastel.

About William McElcheran

McElcheran was one of the most accomplished and versatile figurative sculptors of the twentieth century. From early on, McElcheran resolved to have any recognition of his work based on content rather than form. He was determined to be recognized for the humanism of his sculpture. This resolve ultimately led him to create his 'non-hero' or 'everyman'- the single, bronze businessman.

His businessmen are not mere figures in bronze; these hurrying figures touch the world with their relevant subject matter which is immediately identifiable. McElcheran's satire was pointed but never cruel. In a 1973 review, freelance journalist Sol Littman wrote, "McElcheran's work is bitingly satiric yet warmly human."

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