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|Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, William McElcheran had a career that
early on was focused on architecture and design of churches and
liturgical subjects and then on figural sculpture dedicated to
"portraying these self-important men of trade in different settings and
situations. He took a good natured poke at the 'rat race' and was
continually fascinated by the dynamics of our ever-expanding
population." (Kinsman) |
McElcheran was based primarily in Toronto but did much traveling to other places.
He was a graduate of the Ontario College of Art in 1948 and held the
top class position. He did religious subject wood carving and
carving of church furniture and pews, and then he became chief designer
for an architectural firm, Bruce Brown and Brisely, focused on churches
and university buildings.
Among his commisisons were McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton,
Ontariao (1960); maghogany stations of the cross at St. Augustine's
College in Scarboro, Ontario 1966; a plaster relief at the Walkerton
Federal Building in Ontario (1970; sculpture at St. Michael's Library
at the University of Toronto,1972; and sculpture at Briarcliff College
in Sioux City, Iowa, 1962.
From 1963 to 1966, he was an instructor of Carving at Ontario College
of Art; and from 1971 to 1972, he was artist-in-residence at the School
of Architecture at the University of Toronto.
In 1975, he went to Pietrasanta, Italy in order to be close to a
foundry and learn bronze casting. For the city of Guelph in
Belgium, he did a life-size bronze of a family, unclothed, and this
caused much controversy.
Collections include the University of Toronto, City of Guelph, Royal
Bank of Canada, Toronto Transit Commission, McMichael Canadian Art
Collection and the Oklahoma Arts Center. He was an Associate
member of the Royal Canadian Academy, the Sculptors Society of Canada,
and the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto.
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
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