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Clifford Maracle

Mohawk

(1944-1996)

First Name: Clifford

Last Name: Maracle

Full Name: Clifford Lloyd Maracle

Date of birth: 1944

Place of birth: Mohawk Nation, Tyendinaga Reserve, Ontario, Canada

Date of death: 1996

Sex: Male

Art Media: Acrylic, oil, stone carving.

Bio:

Clifford Lloyd Maracle was a Canadian Indigenous painter and sculptor. He was born at the Mohawk Nation Tyendinaga Reserve near Deseronto, Ontario in 1944. Maracle came from a large family of ten children; his father left the family when the children were young. Maracle’s mother, under pressure from social workers, decided to leave the reserve with her children. This event played a part in forming Maracle’s opinions regarding the prejudices and hardships that his people faced.

Maracle attended East Elgin Secondary School in Aylmer, Ontario. He then studied fine art at George Brown College and obtained an Honours Graduate degree from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. He also completed a Native Journalism course at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. 

Through his art, Maracle confronted the complex realities and struggles of Indigenous people. Unlike many of his peers, he did not rely on traditional motifs but rather created kinetic, often political works depicting dancers, historic events, animals, athletes and sports scenes. Apart from political and social issues, Maracle filled his works with a great sense of humour, playfulness, emotion and human connection. Maracle cites Fritz Scholder, Francis Bacon, Karel Appel and Edvard Munch as influences.

Maracle's works can be found in many private and permanent collections including the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; McMichael Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada; Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1985: Clifford Maracle: Paintings and Sculpture - Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON
  • 1994: Hard Edge Psychological Revelation - Maslak McLeod Canadian Art, Santa Fe, NM

Group Exhibitions: 

  • 1983: Indian Art '83 - Woodland Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, ON
  • 2007: Oh So Iroquois - Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
  • 2010: Oh So Iroquois - Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba
  • 2012: Permanent Collection Spotlight – Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Thunder Bay, ON
  • 2013: First People Land and Sky - Ingram Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2013: First Nations Art 2013, Woodland Cultural Educational Centre, Brantford, ON

Collections

  • Confederation Centre Art Gallery
  • Nickle Arts Museum
  • McMichael Art Collection
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Articles

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
A REFLECTION 2015-12 (December 2015)
FRESH SNOW 2011-02 (February 2011)
MY NUDE 2016-11 (November 2016)
STILL THINKING 2016-08 (August 2016)
A LONGING IN HEART AND MIND 2013-11 (November 2013)
AN EARLY MORNING CLIMB 2015-06 (June 2015)
ANGRY YOUNG MOOSE 2018-08 (August 2018)
AT THE PARTY 2016-09 (September 2016)
CALVARY 2015-08 (August 2015)
DANCER & PROUD PAST 2011-11 (November 2011)
FRIEND IN A FORAGE CAP 2015-10 (October 2015)
GIRL IN YELLOW 2015-06 (June 2015)
GOING HOME ALONE 2015-06 (June 2015)
LATE FRIDAY NIGHT 2011-07 (July 2011)
NATIVE WOMAN 2012-10 (October 2012)
POSING 2015-10 (October 2015)
TALE OF THE PAST 2015-08 (August 2015)
THE FEELING OF WAITING 2015-12 (December 2015)
UNDECIDED 2007-09 (September 2007)
UNTITLED (FIGURE PRAYING) 2015-08 (August 2015)
UNTITLED (OWL HEADDRESS) 2018-08 (August 2018)
UNTITLED (THE READER) 2015-03 (March 2015)

Recent Auction Results

ANGRY YOUNG MOOSE
Estimate: 200 — 250
Sold: Aug 2018 — Sold For: $330
UNTITLED (OWL HEADDRESS)
Estimate: 300 — 400
Sold: Aug 2018 — Sold For: $660
MY NUDE
Estimate: 300 — 400
Sold: Nov 2016 — Sold For: $300
AT THE PARTY
Estimate: 150 — 200
Sold: Sep 2016 — Sold For: $168
STILL THINKING
Estimate: 300 — 400
Sold: Aug 2016 — Sold For: $600
A REFLECTION
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Dec 2015 — Sold For: $420

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