William Hodd (Bill) McElcheran

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William Hodd (Bill) McElcheran

1927 - 1999
RCA

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, William McElcheran studied at the Ontario College of Art. He studied painting before sculpture, but gravitated to painters who dealt with sculptural forms. When he crossed into the realm of sculpture, European artists such as Giacomo Manzů, Jacques Lipchitz, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Ernst Barlach and Gerhard Marcks attracted him. McElcheran was also interested in old master artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and he loved classicism, which dealt with the heroic, the larger-than-life figure.
From 1955 to 1960 he was the chief designer for Bruce Brown and Brisley Architects, during which time he planned and designed 23 churches and university buildings. He taught sculpture at the Ontario College of Art from 1960 to 1967, and was artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s School of Architecture from 1970 to 1974. In 1973 he established Daedalus Designs, and producing public sculpture in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 1975 he moved to Pietrasanta in Italy for a number of years to be close to a foundry there and artisans skilled in bronze casting. While there, he exhibited in Pietrasanta’s International Sculpture Exhibition in 1977 and 1978.
McElcheran is renowned for his volumetric businessman figures cast in bronze. Clothed in their business costume of coat, tie, hat and briefcase, these figures hustle through their busy day, working within the confines of the structures and expectations of society. McElcheran’s viewpoint is satirical but empathetic – he communicates a sense of nostalgia for these men, who are driven to succeed, to acquire, to conform, to attain power, yet are controlled by their own system.
McElcheran’s sculptures can be seen in many public collections, such as the Toronto Stock Exchange, Dundas Station, Toronto Transit Commission, McMaster University, York University, the University of Toronto, on Wellington Street and at Bay and King Street in Toronto, Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor and Stephen Avenue in Calgary, among others.

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Discussion
23 x 13 x 10in 58.4 x 33 x 25.4cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $41,300 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Thoughtful
29 1/4 x 10 x 9 3/4in 74.3 x 25.4 x 24.8cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $38,025 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2013 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Determined
29 1/2 x 20 x 10in 74.9 x 50.8 x 25.4cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $34,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2017 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Flat Out
24 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 13in 62.2 x 95.2 x 33cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,450 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Businessman
29 x 10 x 8 1/2in 73.7 x 25.4 x 21.6cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Inspired
29 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 16in 74.9 x 27.3 x 40.6cm
bronze sculpture with brown patina

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $28,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006
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Preoccupied
28 x 10 3/4 x 20in 71.1 x 27.3 x 50.8cm
bronze sculpture with rich brown patina

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $28,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2006 auction on Thursday, May 25, 2006
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Inspired
29 x 10 x 15in 73.7 x 25.4 x 38.1cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $26,550 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Career Woman
28 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 10in 72.4 x 18.4 x 25.4cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $25,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2017 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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8:45 A.M.
6 x 30 x 30in 15.2 x 76.2 x 76.2cm
bronze sculpture

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $23,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2017 - 5th Session auction on Thursday, September 28, 2017
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