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Item Name: Painting
Title: Honest Work
Maker: Laureen Marchand
Year: 1985
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvas
Measurements: overall: 142.5 cm x 224 cm
ID Number: PC2008.4
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This large-scale painting by Laureen Marchand is part of series of representational, narrative paintings of people she made in the 1980s. Based on a snapshot from her family photo album, this large group portrait depicts several generations of her mother’s family in front of their house. The size of this painting is on the scale of a formal portrait or history painting, which is extremely large in comparison to the original photo. By referencing the conventions and history of Western European group portraiture, Marchand asks us to consider a working-class family of settlers with the same respect as historically given to images of politicians or aristocrats. This painting was donated to Regina Public Library by Paula Scott and it hung for many years at the RPL Connaught branch library where she had worked. Laureen Marchand (1949 - ) Laureen Marchand was born in Kerrobert, SK and grew up in central Alberta, moving with her family to Edmonton in the late 1950s. After graduating from McNally Composite High School, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (1971) from the University of Alberta, and her Master of Library Science (1978) from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. Marchand moved to Saskatoon (1983) and earned her Master of Fine Arts (1985) at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009 Marchand moved to Val Marie, the gateway to Grasslands National Park in the southern edge of Saskatchewan. Marchand’s artist residencies include the Banff Centre, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois. For service and contribution to our visual art community in Saskatchewan, Marchand has been awarded the Canadian Artists Representation “Tony” Award, and the Centennial Leadership Award for Service to the Province of Saskatchewan. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally and are held in public and private collections.