Flea Market Find

November 30, 2007 at 4:17 pm (goings-on) (, , , , )

This is an original woodblock print by a west coast beat artist named McGregor Hone. I spotted it peeking out from behind some rather eclectic paintings and posters in a corner stall at the flea market. We talked to the rather eclectic oddities vendor, who gave us some background info on the print, and we told him we’d “have to think about it” because, to be honest, we didn’t come to the flea market expecting to spend that much! Not that it was expensive for an original piece of artwork… And, who knows, it may appreciate with the recent death of its creator.

Thorn Fruit

Well, we didn’t actually buy it Saturday when we first went to the flea market, mainly because Eleanor turned out to be a brat that day and we just wanted to get out of there. But, we just couldn’t stop thinking about it and talking about how we needed something beautiful to brighten up our quarters, so we returned Sunday to purchase it, our first piece of real art (no offense to Marshall’s They Might Be Giant Bone Formations).

Everyday I love it more and more. The colors are so vibrant. We’re actually thinking now of painting the room to compliment this piece–maybe pick up the dark blue that adorns the thorn on the left. By the way, it’s called Thorn Fruit. Stephen really likes that it has a simple, almost Japanese look about it. It needs a new frame because the one it came in is kind of ratty, but that can be done in time… We intend to keep this baby around for a long time.

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  1. Slate Fine Art Gallery said,

    We will be having an exhibition of Beth and McGregor Hone’s work opening January 16, 2014. You will be able to view the art work in this show on our website; http://www.slategallery.ca beginning January 13, 2014.

    McGregor Hone was born in 1920 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Certificate in Education in 1941. During this time, he also became active in Saskatchewan’s arts scene, involving himself in the Saskatoon Arts Association, developing a friendship with artist Ernest Lindner, and studying under Augustus Kenderdine at Emma Lake (1940).

    Following his graduation, Hone went to Vancouver, where he worked as a welder during the war. He married fellow artist Beth Hone in 1944 and spent several years teaching in Copper Mountain, British Columbia. Hone returned to Saskatchewan in 1947 and began teaching art at Regina’s Central Collegiate.

    Hone continued teaching at Central Collegiate until 1979. At the same time, he was involved in many other endeavors, including teaching art classes in Moose Jaw for the University of Saskatchewan in the 1950s, attending workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan with Jack Shadbolt (1955) and Will Barnet (1957), and traveling to Europe to study at the School of Arts and Crafts in London (1957-1959). Hone was also involved in other organizations in his community, including the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, the Regina Community Clinic, and Regina’s Unitarian Fellowship. After Hone’s retirement in 1979, he and Beth moved to Lumsden, Saskatchewan. They both continued to be active in their art and in the community.

    McGregor Hone was interested in a variety of media, from printmaking and painting to wood engraving and sculpture. The diversity of Hone’s media is complemented by the diversity of his interests, which included music, philosophy, astronomy, history, and archaeology, among many others. Hone’s work has been exhibited with great frequency since the 1930s in Canada and the United States. One of his paintings, By the Radio, was the first work collected by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for its permanent collection in 1950. Other collections that hold Hone’s work include the Alberta College of Art, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Winnipeg Art Gallery, MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan Arts Board, London Regional Art and Historical Museum (London, Ontario), and Glenbow Museum (Calgary).

    In 1995, Hone received a Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

    McGregor Hone passed away in 2007.

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