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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Small Black and Tan
Maker: Russell Yuristy
Year: 1980
Country: Canadian
Materials: pencil on plywood
Measurements: overall: 70 cm x 75.5 cm
ID Number: PC89.9

Extended Label Info: This is a pencil drawing is on wood which has been carefully cut out of a sheet of plywood to create the delightful illusion of a free-standing dog. Though realistic in style, Russell Yuristy’s approach is also a creative and unconventional one, often inciting a sense wonder with his use of materials and subject matter. Inspired by the Funk Art movement brought to Regina by ceramicist David Gilhooly in the 1970’s, Yursity captures a sense of energy, immediacy and play in his varied artwork. 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 the 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.