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Item Name: Print
Title: Yellow Jug
Maker: Don McVeigh
Year: 1982
Country: Canadian
Materials: coloured aquatint
Measurements: in frame: 61.5 cm x 41.5 cm; work: 54.5 cm x 36.5 cm
ID Number: ART 180
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Don McVeigh is known for his strong compositions and precise realism. Working almost exclusively in watercolour and printmaking, his imagery explores visual problems in pattern and geometric balance using arrangements of flowers and vessels, cloth, string, dried fish, bamboo and other natural materials. This artwork, “Yellow Jug” is an artist-made print, an aquatint etching hand-coloured with watercolour paint. The still-life composition featuring a blossom in a ceramic vase is part of a series of floral studies that McVeigh created in the early 1980s in homage to the beauty of humble objects. The flower, a “chrysanthemum creamist white” or football mum, has hints of yellow that are picked up by the yellow of the ceramic pitcher. Though the checkered tablecloth, once a cheery red and white, is now faded in this print, the scene is still dramatic: strong shadows suggest an artificial spotlight, highlighting the arrangement against the featureless, theatrical backdrop. Don McVeigh (1951- ) was born in Edmonton, Alberta. McVeigh studied printmaking at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, earning his BFA with Distinction in 1973. After travelling in Holland during 1975, McVeigh moved to Saskatchewan. He earned his MFA at the University of Regina in 1978, and then moved to Saskatoon. In 1985, McVeigh moved to Ottawa, where he taught drawing at the Ottawa School of Art for many years. McVeigh's artworks have been exhibited across Canada since the early 1970s and are held in numerous private and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank and JR Shaw Centre for Arts & Culture (formerly Glenbow Museum).