Harold J. Treherne   A Retrospective

December 1, 1984 - December 30, 1984

Curator: Alf Bolusky

Harold J. Treherne (1899-1975) was one of several Saskatchewan grassroots artists whose intention was to represent daily life as accurately as possible. The simply everyday complexities of landscape and townscape were a primary concern for Treherne. He also applied this criterion of accuracy to residential  interiors, humorous or narrative still lifes, and drawings of intricately decorated plates. Working with his subject before him or from photographs, he used everyday materials such as ball-point pen, pencil and pencil crayon on inexpensive paper taped together to achieve the long narrow formats that could accept the expansive prairie landscape.

Harold Treherne’s insistent recording of his environment has created for us a body of important grassroots art. His inquisitive nature and his mathematical bend sought expression in a myriad of playful tricks which intrigue the eye and force us to look again. Highly individual and yet accessible, his work makes us quietly conscious of our aloneness in even a populated landscape. He reminds us to be still for a while and look at our relationship to ourselves and our surroundings.

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