JOYCE WIELAND "FILM STRIP SKETCH" 1960s
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) is one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists. She achieved a level of commercial and critical attention during her lifetime that was exceptional for a woman.
Notably, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery (Ottawa) in 1971 and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) in 1987.
In the mid 1960's Wieland began to embrace more representational and narrative elements in her work. Inspired by comic books, and her background in film, Wieland drew extensively often directly referencing her childhood, professional journey, sexuality and gender icons.
Interestingly it was Doris McCarthy, who taught Joyce in high school and encouraged her to pursue being an artist (rather than a fashion designer) based on the strength and whimsy of her drawings.
This drawing shows the process of Wieland's most desirable works; images that depict a film or cartoon strip. Here we see many of the artist's favorite motifs merge into another representation: the profile of a face becomes a hand holding a cigarette or a palm becomes a finger which becomes a pair of lips.
Joyce Wieland works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) to mention a few.
Signed by the artist.
Ink on paper
Canada, circa 1960s
8.25”H 7.5"W (work)
17.5"H 17"W (framed)
Very good condition
Framed with museum glass
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