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Item Name: Painting
Title: Untitled (Fall Landscape - Night)
Maker: William McCargar
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: gouache, ball-point pen, pencil, pastel and glitter on paper
Measurements: overall: 25.5 cm x 46 cm
ID Number: PC87.13
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Bill McCargar was one of several self-taught folk artists working in Saskatchewan in the twentieth century. He painted his subject matter from memory, drawing on his experiences as a CP Rail-Station agent in small towns throughout Southern Saskatchewan. As the title implies, “Fall Landscape-Night” is one half of a pair of works; the other scene features the same composition during the daytime, with similar clouds, and a deer near the highway. McCargar’s use of a strong, one-point perspective, disproportional use of scale, flattened landscapes and extremes of light and dark gives his artwork a theatrical, dream-like quality, much like the Surrealist work of Salvador Dali. McCargar sometimes incorporated a variety of non-traditional materials, such as glitter, which contributes to the sense of play and wonder in his work. William Coulsen McCargar (1906 – 1987) was born in 1906 in Newcastle, Ontario and grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He worked for Canadian Pacific Railways in many different prairie towns before settling in Regina. McCargar began painting using paint-by-number sets, but in 1958 on the advice of his neighbor, the acclaimed artist Ken Lochhead, he began creating his own compositions. Like many other folk-artists of his generation, McCargar received support and recognition from the Saskatchewan arts community through exhibition and collection. A major retrospective of his work was held by Dunlop Art Gallery in 1987. His work is held in public collections including the Canadian Museum of History in Hull, Quebec.