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Item Name: Print
Title: Blue Vase
Maker: Don McVeigh
Year: 1982
Country: Canadian
Materials: coloured aquatint 28/30
Measurements: in frame: 61.5 cm x 41.5 cm; work: 54.5 cm x 36.5 cm
ID Number: ART 181
Legal Status: ART RENTAL


Extended Label Info: Though Don McVeigh uses very ordinary objects as subject matter for his artwork, his compositions and fine use of materials transcend the everyday. This hand-coloured print was made with a method of copper etching technique known as aqua-tint, which involves creating a series of textures on the copper printing plate. With great skill, McVeigh creates a trompe l’oeil or “to fool the eye” effect in this image that appears near photographic in its sense of realism. Looking at the artwork, one can imagine reaching out to touch the smooth reflective surfaces of the glass vase and kitchen counter. The distinction between these hard surfaces with the delicate petals of the carnation creates an effective contrast that speaks to the temporal and wondrous nature of life. Don McVeigh (1951- ) was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He is known for his strong compositions and precise realism in his watercolours and print works. McVeigh studied printmaking at the University of Alberta and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1972. Moving to Saskatchewan, he studied at the University of Regina, and earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1978. In 1985, he moved to Ottawa where he currently teaches drawing at the Ottawa School of Art. McVeigh's art works have been exhibited across Canada since the early 1970s, and his work is represented in several public and private collections.