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By DL Cameron, Curator

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Laara Cassells, Bella, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 32” x 32”, collection of the artist


October 11, 2019 – January 26, 2020

What is it about horses that draw us in? We write songs, poems, stories and create artwork to depict them. Is it because of their natural beauty; are we drawn to their strength, size and agility; or are we humbled by their cooperation in allowing us onto their backs, or perhaps it is a nostalgic longing for a simpler, slower and quieter life. Whatever the reason, the horse has remained a steadfast loyal partner guiding us through wilderness trails, excursions in a horse drawn cart, ploughing our fields or delivering our mail. While most of that has changed, there is no denying the horse has played an important role in our lives.

Carl White, Flourish, 2019

Spanning the early 1900s to the present day, Unbridled celebrates the horse by combining historic photographs, archival material and heritage artifacts from the Whyte Museum collections along with historic and contemporary art borrowed from private and public lenders.

The contemporary artists in the exhibition are Michael Cameron, Laara Cassells, Arto Djerdjerian, Maureen Enns, Lois Green, Jennifer Mack, Cedar Mueller, Pascale Ouellet, Kevin Somner, Janice Tanton, Carl White and Linus Woods. Charlie Beil, Harry O’Hanlon, Joe Fafard, Carl Rungius, Illingworth Kerr, are just a few of the many other artists represented in this exhibition through drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and text.

Ken Christopher (1942-, Canadian), Three Companeros, 1994, oil on canvas, 42.0 x 48.0 cm, ChK.02.01

The role of the horse may have evolved over the years but it remains our constant companion worthy of our enduring high esteem and admiration.

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