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Item Name: Print
Title: Oh No!
Maker: Russell Yuristy
Year: 1984
Country: Canadian
Materials: woodcut
Measurements: in frame: 72 cm x 92 cm; work: 51.5 cm x 62 cm
ID Number: PC2017.13

Extended Label Info: Oh No! is a woodcut print of a guitarist at a campfire. It shows a cowboy singing a song into the night while his horse laments having to hear it again. This print has a chaotic and dense composition despite the relatively calm scenario. The harsh, thick linework and heavy inking draw a contrast between the positive and negative space within the piece. Yuristy is known for his realistic and playful depictions of wildlife and nature in his work, often using humour to enliven his subject matter. Russell Yuristy (1936- ) was born in Goodeve, Saskatchewan. He graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Saskatchewan (1959) before studying art at the University of Wisconsin (1967). After teaching art in Regina and coordinating workshops at Emma Lake, Yuristy moved to Stilton, Saskatchewan and began designing and constructing large playground structures. Yuristy’s playful designs defined many iconic spaces in the prairies, such as the red and white striped climbing “trees” in Regina’s Candy Cane Park, and the metal elephant Rusty on the north side of RPL Central Library. Although his sculptural play-spaces have been replaced as parks get updated, his approach was part of a revolution in public design. Today, Yuristy is known as a printmaker, painter and teacher whose works are based on the land and animal life around him. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern, and the Canada Council Art Bank.