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William Hodd (Bill) McElcheran

William Hodd (Bill) McElcheran
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 080

William Hodd (Bill) McElcheran
RCA 1927 - 1999 Canadian

Businessman
bronze sculpture
initialed, editioned 2/9 and dated 1996
29 x 10 x 8 1/2 in  73.7 x 25.4 x 21.6cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Vancouver

William McElcheran trained in sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and was also an architectural designer. He started as a woodworker, specializing in art and furniture for churches. He rose to be chief designer for Bruce Brown and Brisely Architects, and worked on designing 23 churches and university buildings. He formed Daedalus Designs in 1973, the purpose of which was integrating sculpture with architecture. His best-known sculpture subject is the iconic businessman, shown caught in the whirl of his corporate life. As in Businessman, a quintessential McElcheran work, he depicted these men of commerce as robust and self-possessed, constantly in movement. Their conformity is indicated by their classic dress of overcoat, hat, suit and tie, carrying business paraphernalia such as briefcases. His viewpoint was both satirical and compassionate, drawing us to sympathize with them, as urbanites often feel caught in the frantic pace and roles of modern life. McElcheran’s businessmen can be seen in many public installations across Canada and in the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Please note: the bronze base measures 10 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 1 inches.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD

Sold For: $29,500.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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