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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Husky Oil
Maker: Harold J. Treherne
Year: 1966
Country: Canadian
Materials: colour pencil, ball-point pen, graphite pencil on paper
Measurements: overall: 39.7 cm x 116.9 cm
ID Number: PC84.5
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Like many Saskatchewan folk-artists, Harold Treherne’s intention with his art was to represent daily life as he uniquely perceived it. A self-taught artist, Treherne favoured everyday materials such as ball-point pen, pencil and pencil crayon on inexpensive paper and he focused on creating interior and outdoor scenes from his everyday life. He employed long narrow formats that could accept the expansive prairie landscapes and by creating multiple vanishing points in one image, the result is a panoramic view of the land. This is evident in Husky Oil as the landscape seems to stretch out forever in that familiar Saskatchewan way. Treherne’s long narrow formats for his drawings also allow for the sky to be represented in its truest form: vast, open and living. Highly individual and yet accessible, his work makes us quietly conscious of our aloneness in even a populated landscape and Treherne’s insistent recording of his environment has created for us a body of important grassroots art. Harold J. Treherne (1899-1975) was born in 1899 in Parkgate, Yorkshire, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1923 to labour on farms, eventually buying his own farm near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in 1926. In 1957, Treherne turned to art. He exhibited his drawings in competitions and lent them to friends, but he refused to sell his work – even to the National Gallery of Canada – until later in his life. He won an award at a Saskatchewan Arts Board exhibition in 1961, and awards for his art from the Saskatchewan Farmer’s Union in 1961, 1963, 1965, and 1967. In 1983, the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina organized a major retrospective of Treherne’s work showing 46 of the approximately 222 works Treherne had completed. His work is in the collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), and Palliser Regional Care Centre (Regina).