File 17 - Idea Book.

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Idea Book.

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  • 2008-[ca. 2012] (Creation)
    Urquhart, Tony

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Anthony Morse ("Tony") Urquhart, was born at Niagara Falls, Ont., April 1934. "He studied art at the Albright Art School and U[niversity] of Buffalo. In 1961 he joined a group of London, Ont. artists, including Greg Curnoe and Jack Chambers, who advocated a regional approach to art. Drawing from his own experiences, Urquhart works in a style that makes explicit reference to the underlying complexities and paradoxes he sees in the local landscape. In his boxed landscape sculptures of the 1960's he achieved a surreal juxtaposition of savage and primordial relationships with the actual and familiar. The constructions become at once a personal interior space and a universal collective landscape." [By Kathleen Laverty from Canadian Encyclopedia, 1985.]

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File consists of one handmade 13 x 10 cm 180 page idea book created and used by Tony Urquhart. The book is bound in orange paper and the cover has a small circle drawing with the initials T.U. and the dates 2008-2009.

The idea book includes approximately 107 pages with sketches, of which approximately 39 also have annotations or notes. The rest of the book is made up of approximately 20 pages of handwritten notes, as well as 21 pages of glued in ephemera. The ephemera includes early photographs from Urquhart's life include one of a drawing trip in 1953 and an early photo of his wife Jane Urquhart. Note that many pages have a combination of media.

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