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Item Name: Print
Title: Foothills
Maker: Helmut Becker
Year: 1967
Country: Canadian
Materials: woodcut; colour print
Measurements: in frame: 69 cm x 104 cm; work: 52 cm x 85.7 cm
ID Number: ART 060
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Helmut Becker is a nationally recognized printmaker. He has strong affinities to both Saskatchewan and Alberta locations, often using the landscape as subject matter for his work. This piece, Foothills, is inspired by the land formations that are common and recognizable in Alberta as you travel westward to the Rocky Mountains. It was created using a wood cut block and coloured ink. The grains of wood are visible in the print and suggest a sense of motion to these rolling hills. The colours mimic those of the dry Alberta hills typical in the late summer and early fall months, but also impart a sense of warmth and depth to the landscape. Helmut Becker was born in 1931 in Castor, Alberta, and is best known for his printmaking and papermaking. He received a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, and studied at multiple institutions nationally and internationally including, The Banff school of Fine Arts, The University of Wisconsin, The Academy of Fine Arts, and the Netherlands Institute of Art History in Holland. After studying in Holland, he spent time travelling throughout Europe, visiting art museums and cultural institutions. Becker returned to Saskatchewan and taught at high schools in Regina until 1964. He later taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, the University of Calgary, and the University of Western Ontario, where he taught printmaking and paper-making from 1971 to his retirement in 1996. In addition to his printmaking work, Becker became involved in paper-making in 1967. His interest led to studies into various techniques and materials, particularly flax and hemp, and he has taught many workshops on his processes. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.