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For Immediate Release: October 20, 2011

Doris McCarthy
Arctic Remembered
Print sale and Fundraiser for the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Wynick/Tuck Gallery, 2-5pm

High Arctic, 19 7/8 X 21 ½

On this singular occasion, we are pleased to host the print launch for the special second edition of Doris McCarthy’s collograph prints, which is a fundraiser for the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

When Doris McCarthy donated her archives to the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, (DMG), it was discovered that within this collection existed a group of collograph plates. McCarthy had cut, assembled and carved sheets of cardboard into relief plates, capturing these astonishing Arctic scenes after her first visit to the far north in 1972. The plates remained in excellent condition, and it was determined that the images were worthy of a second, and final, edition. So, with Doris’ enthusiastic approval, Open Studio Master Printer Jill Graham was approached to work with the plates, referring to the masters from the first edition prints made by Doris in the ‘70s, Graham spent many days experimenting and printing trial proofs until she was satisfied that she had ones that would meet with Doris’ approval. A proofing committee with an intimate knowledge of McCarthy’s work provided feedback at each stage of the process. This committee consisted of Lynne Wynick and David Tuck, representatives and gallerists to Doris since 1979; Stephen Smart, long-time collector and legal representative for the McCarthy Studio; and Ann MacDonald, Director/Curator of the DMG. Graham took the prints to Doris at Fool’s Paradise, McCarthy’s home. Doris gave her enthusiastic approval of the finished proofs and authorized the release of the editions.

Each original print is hand inked and pressed and is distinctive. Each print is titled, dated and numbered as well as having three embossed marks; the official McCarthy signature stamp, the Open Studio stamp and Jill Graham’s personal master printer stamp. A full description of the edition is written in pencil by Jill on the back of each print.

This important project, conceived to celebrate Doris’ 100th year as her last gift to her namesake gallery, has now come to fruition. Doris‘ wish was that the funds raised should go toward the Permanent Collection Acquisitions Fund at the DMG. In keeping with Doris’ spirit of mentorship, the Doris McCarthy Gallery is committed to the purchase of art works by young Canadian artists.

All proceeds from the sale of these prints will go to the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Iceberg Series 2, 19 7/8 X 21 ¼

Ice Floes at Pangnirtung, 22 ¼ x 25


For more information please visit the DMG Gallery page.