John Kenneth Esler RCA “Virgo Uniting” 15/100 (1933-2001)

Lot 108

Fair Market Value $200108

colour etching and embossing on paper

signed, titled, dated and numbered along bottom; framed

edition 15/100 11.25 x 10

John K. Esler spent much of his artistic career in Calgary. He was born at Pilot Mound, Manitoba in 1933, and studied at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1960. He then studied at that University’s Faculty of Education, and after traveling abroad, took a teaching post at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary in 1964. He continued as an artist-teacher at the University of Calgary, where he taught intaglio printmaking. Esler’s willingness to experiment is one of the defining characteristics of his artistic practice. A squashed lunch box became the first in a series of calamitous events of found-objects-turned-into-prints that Esler called Relics of the 20th Century. J.K. Esler had gained his national and international reputation for making an impact on a new generation of print artists by demonstrating a strong commitment to the craft of printmaking and the exploration of the creative and theoretical boundaries of this discipline.

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