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Alma: The Life and Work of Alma Duncan by McSorley Tom

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Publisher : The Ottawa Art Gallery / ABC Art Books Canada
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 176
Publication Date : 9/30/2014
Condition : BRAND NEW
This striking publication resurrects the ambitious career of an important Canadian artist and accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of her work in over 25 years. Largely self-taught, Alma Duncan (1917-2004) was extremely prolific and worked in a variety of media. Her paintings were first shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1937, and in 1942 she won an honorable mention in the Western Hemisphere Poster Competition held by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In the early 1940s, she studied life drawing with Goodridge Roberts while making sketches on her own in the Anatomy Department of McGill University. Often considered an unofficial war artist, she made drawings of arms factories and shipyards, and depicted the activities of the Canadian Women's Army Corps. Her interest in war and industrial images continued throughout her career and was useful in her later work at the Canadian War Museum and National Gallery of Canada. In 1943, Duncan joined the Graphics Division of the National Film Board and, later on, their Animation Department. Her first film, Folksong Fantasy, was shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1951. In that same year, she formed a partnership with photographer Audrey McLaren: a personal, commercial and artistic alliance that was to endure for the rest of their lives. Under the name Dunclaren, they released numerous animated films which they created in an Ottawa attic, and won international recognition for their work. Duncan participated in numerous Canadian and international exhibitions and was commissioned by Canada Post to design several popular stamps. Containing over 70 color illustrations, this monograph features a wide range of work from Duncan's 60-year career, including portraits of well-known Canadians including P.K. Page and Norman MacLaren, ink on paper landscapes, abstractions, a selection of her acclaimed drawings of wartime industry and munitions factories, as well as several stunning self-portraits created over her lifetime.