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The Raven, bronze, 5.5" x 2.5" x 1.75", signed and dated 1965
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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Dora De Pedery-Hunt was a sculptor and graphic artist. She was
born in Budapest, Hungary and also lived in Hanover, Germany
(1945-1947) until emigrating to Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1948), where
she lived for the rest of her life and died.|
Her primary medium was the bronze medal. It is estimated she has
designed over 600 of them. They range in size from around 2” to
4”. The subjects include international and national events (“Expo
70 Osaka”, the 1967 Canadian “Centennial Medal”), corporate and
organization milestones (Hudson's Bay Company 300th Anniversary) and
intimate family occasions (John Simon Tooke baptism); they also include
religious themes( Christ), political figures (Trudeau) and awards
(Canada Council medal).
In addition, she has sculpted small bronze figures, portraits,
monumental works and architectural commissions. Her other mediums
include clay (often for maquettes), wood, artificial stone, limestone,
plastic and jewelery. Her style is modern
Quotes: “Medals are my favorite form of expression ... They are like
short poems.” And, “Clasp it in your fist, let your warmth enter the
cold metal and then take it to the window. Watch it: The light hits
some edges, hidden crevices appear, there are some mounds you had not
even seen before. Feel the tension of the surface. There is life
underneath. It is not a cold piece of metal any more: Trees grow
here, bodies leap high, faces emerge. All of this is brought
about by you and only you can arrest this magic moment or change it any
time with a light flick of your fingers.” - Dora De Pedery-Hunt.
She graduated with a Masters degree in Sculpture and Design from the
Royal School for Applied Art, Budapest (1937-1943) where she studied
under sculptors Elek Lux (1884 -1941), Béla Ohmann (1890 – 1968) and
Jozsef Reményi (1887-1977).
In 1958, on the recommendation of Alan Jarvis, the director of the
National Gallery of Canada, she received a Canada Council grant to
study medals in galleries, museums and cathedrals throughout Europe.
She worked as a teacher, in Toronto, at Northern Vocational School
(1949-60), the Women's Art Association (c. 1956), and for long periods
at the Ontario College of Art starting in 1957. She also lectured
nationally and internationally.
Her early associates and influential friends were sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle (see both in AskART).
She was a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (1953), the
Sculptor’s Society of Canada (1953), the International Art Medal
Federation (FIDEM) (1965), the Hungarian Society of Applied Art and the
Hungarian Women's Fine Art Association. She was elected an
associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1956 and a full
member (RCA) in 1967. In 1963 she was elected to the Ontario
Society of Artists.
In addition to exhibiting with the above Canadian artist organizations,
she has also exhibited her medals internationally at The Hague (1963),
Rome (1963), Athens (1966), Paris (1967), Madrid (1968), Prague (1969),
Bratislavia (1969), Cologne (1971), Helsinki (1973), Krakow (1975) and
Budapest (1977). Her first solo show of medals and small
sculpture was at Dorothy Cameron Gallery (Toronto) in 1965. In
1999 she had a solo exhibition at the Canadian Sculpture Centre
Her work is in many private and corporate collections. It is also
in numerous museums including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa),
the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Hamilton
(Ontario), the Royal Cabinet of Medals (The Hague) and the Royal
Cabinet of Medals (Brussels). Among her architectural commissions
are the carved limestone panels around Howard Kerr Hall (1962) at
Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto. Also at Ryerson are her
monumental sculptures Girl with Trillium( limestone composite) and The Tree of Knowledge (bronze).
Her awards and honors include the Order of Canada (OC) (1974), one of
the highest Canadian honors; the highest honor of her home province,
the Order of Ontario (1991) (O.Ont.); the Centennial Medal (1967); and
an Honorary Doctorate ( LL.D.) from York University, Toronto (1983).
She also designed the Canadian postage stamp honoring Sir Donald
Smith; two coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, the 1976 Montreal Olympic
$100 Commemorative coin, and the 1986 $100 coin commemorating the
International Year of Peace.
From 1990 to 2003 * the image of Queen Elizabeth that appears on all
Canadian coin currency, from the penny to the dollar, was designed by
Dora De Pedery-Hunt.
* The Royal Canadian Mint on June 2, 2003, unveiled the new portrait of
H.M. Queen Elizabeth ll created by Susanna Blunt (West Vancouver, B.C.
artist). The new image was created in celebration of the Queen's
Jubilee and has been used on all new Canadian coins in circulation
since September 2003.
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke
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