JOYCE WIELAND "MAN WITH PITCHFORK", CIRCA 1982
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists of the 20th century. Emerging on the Toronto art scene in the early 1960s, throughout her career Wieland would explore the role of women, the body, nationalism, and the environment using a variety of mediums.
Wieland’s work shows how responsive she was to the period’s key artistic currents, such as Pop art and Conceptual art, though her interpretations of them were always original and idiosyncratic.
This charming painting is probably made after her marriage broke up in the late 1970s with Michael Snow. During this period, Wieland returned to painting, often devising hallucinatory imagery concerned with sexuality and spirituality. The figurative works from this era build on her comic-book inspired figures combining them with a mythological aesthetic.
This untitled work is richly colored and conveys elements of fantasy, myth and magic. It is a fine example of Wieland's style and interests from the last period of her fascinating life.
Joyce Wieland's 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.
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Canada, circa 1982
Acrylic on canvas
Provenance: Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto)
Very good condition
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