TERRY MCCUE - Magical Beings

Includes Terry McCue
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Showing Terry McCue

TERRY MCCUE - Magical Beings

Canada House Gallery is pleased to share a collection of new work from Terry McCue. Having been a professional artist for 30 years, Terry’s approach to his work has not faltered. Based on his four-point philosophy:

Humanity is an integral part of creation.
Humor is spiritual sustenance.
Respect for the natural world, and our place in it, is a key to personal understanding.
We are magical beings living in a magical world.


Terry shares his cultural understanding of how our world is interconnected, spiritually & physically.
We invite you to join us for the artist's solo exhibition & celebration of his 75 years on Earth. Mostly.

*all artwork subject to pre-sales

SPIRIT OF THE HUNT
SPIRIT OF THE HUNT
TM595
acrylic, canvas
40 x 30 in.
$4,900 CAD


TRUE CANADIANS II
TRUE CANADIANS II
TM594
acrylic, canvas
30 x 60 in.
$7,830 CAD


NATURE'S EMBRACE
NATURE'S EMBRACE
TM593
acrylic, canvas
40 x 30 in.
$4,900 CAD


MYTH OF THE BLUE HORSE
MYTH OF THE BLUE HORSE
TM592
acrylic, canvas
36 x 48 in.
$7,310 CAD


THE BUFFALO RUN
THE BUFFALO RUN
TM591
acrylic, canvas
48 x 72 in.
$10,440 CAD


HAILSTONE MASK
HAILSTONE MASK
TM590
acrylic, canvas
40 x 60 in.
$8,700 CAD


NAP TIME
NAP TIME
TM589
acrylic, canvas
40 x 40 in.
$5,600 CAD


COMPANIONS
COMPANIONS
TM588
acrylic, canvas
36 x 36 in.
$5,040 CAD


FRIENDS ON THE ROCKS
FRIENDS ON THE ROCKS
TM587
acrylic, canvas
40 x 40 in.
$5,600 CAD


CARIBOU SHIELD
CARIBOU SHIELD
TM586
acrylic, canvas
40 x 40 in.
$5,600 CAD


GUARDIANS OF THE CULTURE
GUARDIANS OF THE CULTURE
TM585
acrylic, canvas
48 x 48 in.
$8,350 CAD


GHOST SHIELD
GHOST SHIELD
TM584
acrylic, canvas
40 x 40 in.
$5,600 CAD


STAR LODGE
STAR LODGE
TM583
acrylic, canvas
30 x 30 in.
$4,200 CAD


STAR LODGES
STAR LODGES
TM582
acrylic, canvas
30 x 50 in.
$5,600 CAD


SUNSET
SUNSET
TM581
acrylic, canvas
30 x 30 in.
$4,200 CAD


ALBERTA TOTEM
ALBERTA TOTEM
TM580
acrylic, canvas
36 x 24 in.
$4,200 CAD


SEEKING SANCTUARY
SEEKING SANCTUARY
TM579
acrylic, canvas
40 x 60 in.
$8,700 CAD


NORTHERN TOTEM
NORTHERN TOTEM
TM578
acrylic, canvas
48 x 30 in.
$5,460 CAD


PLAINS WINTER
PLAINS WINTER
TM577
acrylic, canvas
24 x 48 in.
$5,040 CAD


RETURN OF THE HERD
RETURN OF THE HERD
TM576
acrylic, canvas
48 x 60 in.
$9,395 CAD


ERMINE'S FERRY
ERMINE'S FERRY
TM575
acrylic, canvas
30 x 60 in.
$7,830 CAD


Terry McCue is an Ojibway Indian from the Curve Lake First Nation, in southeastern Ontario. Terry moved to Alberta in 1976 and continues to call it home. For nineteen years, Terry worked as a facilitator conducting workshops across Canada to train substance abuse workers in Native communities. During that time he worked as a freelance illustrator, producing a variety of works including posters, book covers, and illustrations for addiction manuals. He used this work to continually develop his skills as an artist. Terry’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States.

Terry McCue is a self-taught painter, who spent time in his youth watching his cousin Arthur Schilling and learning from him. Arthur Schilling still influences Terry’s paintings. Terry’s paintings reflect the four principles that sum up his philosophy.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Humanity is an integral part of creation. Humor is spiritual sustenance. Respect for the natural world, and our place in it, is the key to personal understanding. We are magical beings living in a magical world.

My paintings depict images from a particular perspective – my own. Personal experiences – cultural, spiritual, romantic, upbringing. These are the things that formed me. It is the culmination of all this that is on the canvas.

Take the animal portraits, for example. I was taught that the animals are our relatives. They don't exist only in their relation to us. They have an integrity of life separate from us and it is our responsibility to guard their cultures. We have life because they have life.

Ojibways, before contact, believed that we must discipline our thinking and our behaviour. They knew that humans had developed a different way of thinking from the animal world. The animals think, just differently. The human way of thinking can pose a danger to the natural world, because we can devise schemes that can lead to the demise of everything not like us. Animals don't do that. We see every day the disappearance of a different species from the earth. The Ojibways would have said that another group of our family has just disappeared. Perhaps our ignorance can lead to our demise as well. So – if we have not considered the consequences of our behaviour on the other species, that does not mean that this Ojibway stops trying. My paintings are me, trying.

Consequently, my moose are rainbows and my bears travel with spirit guardians. It is my attempt to show the astounding beauty and the mystery of the world not wrapped in our skin. To ask the viewer to embrace new perceptions for an imaginative leap into the world of the indigenous. You do not have to believe to understand or respect another's vision.

The teepee paintings speak to the universal human concept of home and of our desire to abide in capsules of beauty.

Born on February 18 in Curve Lake Reserve, ON. Nationality is Ojibway

Exhibitions

2019 Art/Live, artist demonstrations, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2019 International Indigenous Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Homage to the Wild, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 2 Friends, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011-12 Narrative Quest, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB
2011 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Dynamic Demo Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Solo Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Best of the Best, Group Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 Demo Days, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2003 Simply Trees, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002 Feel Good Art, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2001 Year of the Great Bear, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

Collections

Stanley A Milner Library, Edmonton Public Libraries, Edmonton, AB
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Government of Canada, Dept of Foreign Affairs
Province of Manitoba

Publications

2006 Galleries West
2009 YouTube video
2009 Rocky Mountain Outlook review
2011 Rocky Mountain Outlook review