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Item List

Unbridled

OCTOBER 11, 2019 – JANUARY 26, 2020

What is it about horses that draw us in? We write songs, poems, stories, and create artwork to depict them. Is it because of their natural beauty; are we drawn to their strength, size and agility; or are we humbled by their co operation in allowing us onto their backs. Perhaps it is a longing and nostalgia for a simpler, slower and quieter life. Whatever the reason the horse has remained steadfast as a loyal partner and guide performing an unwitting yet instrumental contribution to the development of civilizations.  

 

Spanning the early 1900s to the present day, Unbridled celebrates the horse by combining historic photographs, archival material and heritage artifacts from the Whyte Museum collections along with historic and contemporary art borrowed from private and public lenders. Included are early photographs of outfitting and guiding highlighting the main form of travelling throughout the wilderness; advertisements that tempted savvy tourists to explore the west on horseback; beautifully beaded Indigenous tack; and emotionally moving paintings aside equines in action are among the treasures sourced to demonstrate our reverence and respect for the horse.

 

Contemporary and historical art weave a tale of the horse through various genres and interpretations. The contemporary artists in the exhibition are Mike Cameron, Laara Cassells, Arto Djerdjerian, Maureen Enns, Lois Green, Jennifer Mack, Cedar Mullen, Pascale Ouellet, Kevin Somner, Janice Tanton, Carl White and Linus Woods. Charlie Beil, Harry O’Hanlon, Joe Fafard, Carl Rungius, Illingworth Kerr, are some of the others represented through drawings, paintings, sculpture and text.

 

The role of the horse may have evolved over the years but it remains our constant companion worthy of our enduring high esteem and admiration. 

  - DL Cameron, Curator

oil on linen

150 PORTRAITS: THE RECLUSE

KEVIN SONMER

2017

oil on linen

digital print

3 PALAMINO'S

ARTO DJERDJERIAN

digital print

bronze

AMONGST THE ASPENS

LOIS GREEN

bronze

oil on canvas

BAD HAIR DAY

PASCALE OULLETT

2019

oil on canvas

ink and oil on linen

BARON

LAARA CASSELLS

ink and oil on linen

Metal

FERDINAND

CEDAR MUELLER

2016

Metal

acrylic, oil, digital photography

FIRST LIGHT

MAUREEN ENNS

acrylic, oil, digital photography

Oil on canvas

FLOURISH

CARL WHITE

2019

Oil on canvas

oil on canvas

GODZILLA'S FOOT

MICHAEL CAMERON

oil on canvas

india ink on canvas

LEVI, WHINNY AND FIVE'R

JENNIFER MACK

2019

india ink on canvas

bronze

MAIL DAY

HARRY O'HANLON (1916-1996, CANADIAN)

bronze

bronze sculptures, ink on paper, watercolour on paper

RED WING

CHARLES (CHARLIE) A. BEIL, O.C. (1894-1976, CANADIAN)

1955-1965

bronze sculptures, ink on paper, watercolour on paper