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Item Name: Painting
Title: Lorlie, Saskatchewan
Maker: George Campbell Tinning
Year: 1948
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour;ink; paper
Measurements: overall: 36.3 cm x 54.5 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.89
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Watercolour is a challenging medium. A painter must apply the colours from light to dark. Once applied to the paper, the pigment is hard to remove which makes changes nearly impossible. Tinning was an award-winning master of watercolour painting, and spent many hours in the landscape, observing colour, sketching and painting. This scene depicts the rows of a field to the backlit architecture of a tiny town in southern Saskatchewan. It captures the drama of the evening sky and the sense of vastness on the prairies. For many growing up on the prairies during the twentieth century as Tinning did, this horizon-scape is instantly recognizable with the power poles and grain elevators. In the past century, the vast grassland was divided into an agricultural checkerboard of small family farms and farmers used horses and wagons to bring their grain to sell at their local town. Large wooden grain elevators would store their grain for shipping to market by train. Today, large farm businesses use powerful machinery, and bring their crops to concrete grain handling facilities known as inland terminals. As a result, iconic small town grain elevators are slowly disappearing from our skyline. George Campbell (Cam) Tinning, RCA (1910 – 1996) was a painter, graphic designer, and muralist. Born in Saskatoon, Tinning studied locally at the Regina College, and internationally at the Art Students’ League in New York. Tinning was an early member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour along with Frank Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, and CW Jeffries. In World War II Tinning enlisted with the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment, and in 1943 was appointed an official war artist. After the war, Tinning established his studio in Montreal, and as travel illustrator, painted in every Canadian province, the United States, Jamaica, Italy, France, England, and Scotland. His artwork is held in numerous public and private collections, including an extensive set of over 500 watercolours in the Canadian War Museum.