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Item Name: Collage
Title: Hippy Days
Maker: Chuck Crate
Year: 1987
Country: Canadian
Materials: paper
Measurements: overall: 9 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number: PC94.5
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: As an artist, Chuck Crate made collages which, as he put it, “convey emotions and ideas.” His works use images from magazines and other sources to explore themes of spirituality, popular culture, youth, labour politics, and Indigenous culture. His collage Untitled is an example of his theme of merging Indigenous imagery and spirituality, drawing inspiration from the social issues Indigenous people in Canada face to show his support. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across western Canada since the 1970s. Chuck Crate was born in 1915 in Weston, Ontario. He served briefly with the Royal Canadian Navy during the war (1944-1945) before working in mining and construction in the Yukon and Whitehorse. Crate then studied Education at the University of British Columbia (1963-1964), and studied art with Gordon Smith while he was there. He taught in Alert Bay, British Columbia from 1964 to 1965. After he received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Victory (1969), he went to the Blackfoot Reserve at Gleichen, Alberta to teach and to study Indigenous art. Finally, he moved to Saskatchewan to teach at the Prairie West Community College in Biggar, Saskatchewan (1979-1983).