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 David Pugh  (1946 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: Alberta/Saskatchewan / Canada      Known for: Fauve landscape, rural scene, animal and figure painting, drawing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
David Pugh (1946 - 1994) (1)

A painter and draftsman, David Pugh was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He died in Canmore, Alberta. His mediums were oils, acrylics, graphite and pencil. His primary subjects were landscapes, the Rocky Mountains, rivers, lakes, rural scenes, animals, tree studies and figures. His style was Fauvism*. AskART has many excellent illustrations of his oeuvre.

His education included a year at the University of Calgary (1968) and a few years of travelling throughout Canada and the USA to look at art (c.1968 - 1970). He is considered a self taught artist. He began painting fulltime in the late 1960s and for the rest of his life earned his livelihood painting and drawing.

In 2005, Pugh's painting of the Bow River was included in the exhibition "Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art" at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, his works are in the permanent collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton, Alberta), the Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum (Charlottetown, P.E.I.), the Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, Alberta), and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff, Alberta). (2)

(1) Please note: Only two of our sources provide a year of death for David Pugh, and unfortunately they don't agree. The Canadian Heritage Information Network* says he died in Canmore, Alberta in 1997 and the Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting says he died in 1994, but it does not say where. We note that there have been no works at auction or works in museums for Pugh with creation dates past 1994, however we could not locate an obituary. M.D. Silverbrooke

(2) 'The Alberta Foundation for the Arts was established by legislation in 1972. It collects, manages, and provides access to its collection of more than 8,000 works of art representing more than 1,700 Alberta artists, many of whom are historically important individuals in the growth of the visual arts in Alberta. The collection continues to grow through the combined efforts of the AFA, Alberta's artistic community, and the general public.' Sources: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Government of Alberta.

The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)

Canadian Heritage Information Network* (website)

Alberta Foundation for the Arts (website)

Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting (website)

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Written and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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