Miscellaneous Works
The Motorcycle
The Artist and his Wife

Drawings
Self-Portrait with Ruth
The Moore Room, Art Gallery of Ontario
Self-Portrait

The Motorcycle (Detail)
Drybrush Watercolour, 57 cm x 77 cm (22" x 30")
(Private Collection, Ontario)

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The Artist and his Wife (Detail)
Watercolour, 56 cm x 77 cm (22" x 30")
(Private Collection, Ontario)

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Self-Portrait with Ruth (Detail)
Pencil on Paper, 77 cm x 33 cm (30" x 13")
(Collection of Ruth Tolmie)

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The Moore Room, Art Gallery of Ontario (Detail)
Pencil on Paper, 66 cm x 102 cm (26" x 40")
(Private Collection, Switzerland)

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Self-Portrait (Detail)
Pencil on Paper, 44 cm x 59 cm (17" x 23")
(Collection of Ruth Tolmie)

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The works on this page to not belong to any series. The two watercolours date to 1986-88, when the artist first moved to Toronto and left behind both his native Nova Scotia and the rural subjects that he had painted for the previous decade. The transition gave rise to anxiety about his role as an artist; the difficulty of making social connections in his new urban environment made it impossible for him to continue his earlier practice of painting familiar people in their domestic or professional environments. A series of joint portraits of himself and his wife Ruth, reminiscent of works by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) and Alex Colville (1920-), reveal an interest in reestablishing authority in a domestic environment, prefatory to turning his vision outward upon new subject-matter. Several paintings of objects, including the masculine fetish object The Motorcycle, followed.