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Item Name: Drawing
Title: The Home Place
Maker: Harvey McInnes
Year: 1979
Country: Canadian
Materials: pencil crayon on paper
Measurements: overall: 31.5 cm x 51 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.37
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Although it was later in life when Harvey McInnes pursued art-making, his contribution to Saskatchewan folk art is grounded in his earnest desire to depict the landscape with which he had become so familiar. In the tradition of folk art, McInnes’ work is created with simple materials but with a true and honest use of colour and texture. This is seen in The Home Place where a familiar farm scene with a barn, cows and disappearing dirt road are brought to life with McInnes’ ability to bring sincerity and life to the scene. The vivid textured sky looks as active as the land below, containing all of the humble and characteristic details of a farmyard in Saskatchewan. Harvey A. McInnes (1904-2002) was born in Cobden, Ontario and moved to Saskatchewan in 1910. He grew up farming with his family near Zealandia and continued to farm throughout his life. McInnes had been drawing since he was a child, but it wasn’t until 1965, after his sister gave him a paint-by-number kit, that he began to pursue art making seriously. He taught himself through his own experiments with oils, pastels and coloured pencils. McInnes began exhibiting his work in 1974 through the Watrous Art Salon show in Watrous, Saskatchewan. Regina artist, David Thauberger supported McInnes’ work and subsequently his work was exhibited in many group exhibitions in Saskatchewan and Montreal and Ottawa. McInnes's work is represented in several important collections including the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Quebec), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Saskatchewan Arts Board, and University of Saskatchewan.