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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Barker
Maker: McGregor Hone
Year: 1953
Country: Canadian
Materials: linocut on paper
Measurements: overall: 72 cm x 58 cm
ID Number: PC86.1

Extended Label Info: Saskatchewan-born McGregor Hone was a well-rounded and skilled artist, and although he dabbled in many mediums, he was best known for his printmaking. This piece is a linocut by McGregor Hone and depicts a barker, someone who stands outside of establishments advertising their wares. This barker is drawing attention to the graphic billboards behind him depicting carefree women in various forms of danger. A man is shown locked in a coffin behind the barker, making it look like the scene of a magic show. The overall exaggerated style and dark atmosphere of the piece emits a sense of dread and uneasiness, alluding to a dramatic theatrical scene. McGregor Hone (1920 – 2007) Born in Prince Albert, Hone studied at the University of Saskatchewan, earning his Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Education in 1941. As part of the Saskatoon Arts Association, Hone took part in workshops at Emma Lake. During WW II, Hone worked in Vancouver as a welder at a shipyard. Marrying fellow artist (Mary Elizabeth) "Beth" Springer in 1944, Hone taught school in Copper Mountain, BC. In 1947 the Hones returned to Saskatchewan, and Mac began teaching art at Regina’s Central Collegiate. From 1957 – 59, Hone brought his family to London, and studied at the Central School of Arts & Crafts. Returning to Canada, Hone worked with Lloyd Blackman and Jack Williams to start Regina's first fine arts high school program at Central Collegiate. Hone was also involved in other organizations in his community, including the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, the Regina Community Clinic, and Regina's Unitarian Fellowship. After Hone's retirement in 1979, he and Beth moved to Lumsden, where they both continued to be active in their art and in the community. His artwork has been exhibited widely and is held in numerous public and private collections.