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VIDEO PORTRAITS

Tony Urquhart


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First Boxes

Inspired by the three-dimensional quality of the Italian Primitive painters, Tony Urquhart noticed that by 1963 his "paintings began to change shape". The first boxes he made were of simple folded paper with painted landscape elements on each of the multiple two-dimensional panels.


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Painted Objects

In 1967, Tony toured Europe and Ireland, seeing some of the fabulous altarpieces and reliquaries of which he is so fond. Returning home, he began to cut his boxes open and place things inside, fascinated by the ability of these "painted objects" to change shape, colour, and texture. As his technical skills as a sculptor evolved, he worked with white glue, rags, chicken wire and polyfilla, earning a reputation as the "master of polyfilla boxes".

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Nose Wiggle

Urquhart doesn't play by any rules in his approach to making art. Its through a process of intuition and experimentation that he arrives at what he likes - what his wife Jane says, makes his "nose wiggle".

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Theme

Using an abstract, non-linear approach, Tony may work on a theme, drawing or painting over the course of many months, or years, returning to add just a few lines to complete the piece.

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Process

Urquhart's process is two-fold. At the beginning of a drawing, he will render what he sees. After a short time, he stops looking at the subject and begins to look more at the drawing, listening to what it says. Next, he begins working in an abstract way inviting imagination to play a role. Working a drawing over time is how a "work of art should grow" and take on "a life of its own".

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CARFAC

In this clip, Tony Urquhart shares his recollections of the founding of CARFAC. In 1968, a simple unregistered letter from the National Gallery involving copyright lead to the founding of what was to become CARFAC. "It was Jack Chamber's baby" says Urquhart, "Jack was the godfather". What began as an issue of copyright went well beyond Canadian borders.

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