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Item Name: Collage
Title: Untitled
Maker: Chuck Crate
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: paper
Measurements: overall: 25.75 cm x 18 cm
ID Number: PC94.3
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. Charles Brandel Crate (1915 – 1992) was an educator, artist, a gold miner, worker's rights and native rights advocate, and lexicographer. Born in the working-class town of Weston, Ontario, and politically radicalized during the Great Depression, Crate served with the Royal Canadian Navy in the last year of WWII. In 1946 he married and moved his young family to the Yukon. And then to Vancouver. He earned a teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia while studying art. In 1969, Crate completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Victoria and moved to the prairies. In Gleichen, Alberta he taught on the Siksiká reserve followed by a move to Biggar, Saskatchewan in 1975. Crate’s first solo exhibition of collages was in 1979 at Rosemont Art Gallery. His artworks have been exhibited locally, and are held in numerous public and private collections, including the Saskatchewan Arts Board.