Arthur Price, Available Artwork

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King Salmon - North Pacific Coast
Arthur Price
Sampson-Matthews Silkscreen (20x27 in)
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Arthur Price

(May 22, 1918 - December 2, 2008) RCA, SSC

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Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian artist Arthur Donald Price attended Western Technical School where he received a bursary to study at the Ontario College of Art in the evenings, under various teachers including Franklin H. Carmichael, George Pepper and Frederick S. Haines. Naturally creative, he worked as a freelance commercial artist, and later went on to study dance with Boris Volkoff, build sets and appear in productions. Later, Price studied pattern-making and industrial design. In 1943 he went to the National Film Board as a set designer and part-time animator working with Norman McLaren. It was while working at the N.F.B. that he met and married Dalila Barbeau, daughter of noted ethnologist and folklorist Dr. Marius Barbeau.

During his travels Price became acquainted with the art of the North West Coast First Nations. He visited First Nations villages, taking notes and photographs and making drawings of First Nations art. He arranged the acquisition of totem poles, house posts, a community house and other pieces which established the First Nations village at the University of British Columbia.

Later, Price opened a studio where he was able to continue wood-carving. In 1950 he began metal work in wrought iron, copper and subsequently, sterling silver. In 1953 he was commissioned to carve two large totem poles and three other large carvings for Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta. In 1954 he began casting in aluminum, iron and bronze. This led to his production of an impressive body of work on public sculpture commissions for government, corporations and industry.

For the Sampson-Matthews project, in the 1957–1963 period Canadian Paintings series, Price entered the graphic field with Iroquois Mask, contributing a total of seven First Nations-inspired pieces. These interpretations were based on original images by First Nations and Inuit artists in a variety of media, chosen by Marius Barbeau.

Arthur Price is represented in important corporate and public collections. A member of the Sculptors Society of Canada (1958), the Royal Canadian Academy (Associate-1960, Member-1973); The Arts Club, Montreal (1958), and the American Craftsmen's Council (1960).