Chisel and Gouge: The Graphic Work of Mackie Cryderman
April 16 to October 30, 2010
From the 1930s through the 1960s, London artist Mackie Cryderman participated in exhibitions alongside such notable artists as A.J. Casson, Charles Comfort, Paraskeva Clark, Adrien Hébert, Edwin Holgate, Yvonne McKague Housser and Kazuo Nakamura. Juries selected her work for display with the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists.
Cryderman's enthusiasm for a number of art processes—printmaking, painting, carving, metalwork, pottery and set design—profited more than just her own creativity. Her work as head of the art department at the London Technical and Commercial High School (now H.B. Beal Secondary School) benefitted generations of London students, including the renowned artists Greg Curnoe, John Boyle and Murray Favro. From 1927 to 1962, Cryderman developed and taught an arts curriculum that gained prominence across the province and country.
Organized from Museum London's collection, this exhibition surveys Cryderman's graphic works, for her greatest artistic achievements occurred as a printmaker. Her bold use of line, sculpturesque form and expert composition reveals the stylistic influences of David Milne, the Group of Seven and fellow London artist Eva Bradshaw. Cryderman's subject matter included landscapes, nautical views, "jaunts into the abstract," and street scenes, including views of London.