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Item Name: Print
Title: Veiled Monument
Maker: McGregor Hone
Year: 1953
Country: Canadian
Materials: silk-screen/linocut on paper, 6/6
Measurements: overall: 91 cm x 60.4 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.24

Extended Label Info: Though McGregor Hone worked in watercolour, oils, sculpture and ceramics, he is best known for his printmaking: serigraphs, woodcuts and wood engravings. This artwork was created using two different techniques, lino-cut and silkscreen printing. Making a lino-cut is similar to using a stamp. The artist carves a shallow relief into a block, inks it and then presses the block onto paper. Printing a silk-screen is a process similar to stenciling. Printing ink is pressed through a design on a mesh screen onto the paper. The advantage to printmaking is that once the initial work is done, the artist can make many copies. Each is then signed by the artist, and numbered. Here, the numbers “6/6” tell us that there were only six copies made, and this print was the sixth and last print created. 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 and fellow painter Ernie Lindner took part in workshops taught by Gus Kenderdine 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. In the summers, they travelled across Europe in a Volkswagen van. 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. Known for his razor wit and wide knowledge, Mac shared his great passion for life with his wife and collaborator for over 62 years. His artwork has been exhibited widely and is held in numerous public and private collections. Hone’s painting, “By the Radio” was the first work purchased for the Saskatchewan Arts Board permanent collection in 1950.