Sures

Unknown (Aerial Landscape)
ceramic, 1964
Russell Building Foyer

 

“Commissioned by John A. Russell, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba in 1964.  This was Sures first mural commission and he was paid $400 (which he said was a lot of money in light of the fact that he was selling coffee mugs for $4 at the time). According to Sures (who had completed several solo flights as a pilot), the work depicts the topography fo the Prairie landscape seen from above.” (Liv Valmestad in a telephone interview with Jack Sures, July 2013).

 

National Gallery of Canada websites:
Artists in Canada/Dictionary of Canadian Artists 
Born in Brandon in 1934, Sures studied art at the University of Manitoba and Michigan State University. In 1965, he came to the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan to establish a ceramics program. His teaching was saluted with the U of R Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1991.  The same year, he became a member of the Order of Canada.  His work has been shown worldwide.  Sures retired from the U of R 1998 and received the honorary title of “professor emeritus” the same year.  So great is his reputation that he was among five finalists for the 2002 Saidye Bronfman Award for contributions to Canadian art.  Will Chabun. “Acclaimed artist adds Order to list of honours :[Final Edition].” Star – Phoenix, January 27, 2004, http://www.proquest.com.proxy2.lib.umanitoba.ca/ (accessed July 18, 2011).

18 Responses to Sures

  1. Idafum Chuwkuebuka Stephen says:

    The texture of the materials on the surface is very unique. It’s a combination of different materials that have various textures and they merge together to form a design. That’s what’s up Liv.😎😎🤗🖒

  2. Neil Haque says:

    Learning more about the russell building is really cool!! 🤓

  3. Joeux tuyishime says:

    It an interesting topographic map. It’s little hard to see it because it’s an Ariel view. It takes time to notice that it is a map 🤗😶😮

  4. Joeux tuyishime says:

    It is interesting look 👀. A little hard to figure out what it is until you get a good look a it 😮😮😶

  5. Joeux tuyishime says:

    It’s interesting to try to figure out what it is.

  6. Micaela Stokes says:

    what a wonderful use of texture

  7. Shane Cuenca says:

    I was here!

  8. Rochell Castillo says:

    I was here.

  9. Rochell Castillo says:

    I was here, Liv.

  10. Shane Cuenca says:

    I was here Liv!

  11. Mae Anne Bathan says:

    I was here

  12. Arafat Hussain Aikee says:

    Looks like a map or an aerial view of a landscape.

    Thanks for the help Liv! 😊

  13. Sining he says:

    The Russell building is a wonderful building because of it was made by glass and nice interior decoration.

  14. Hey Liv, I was here.

  15. John Gabantu says:

    Hey Liv,
    Broken glass always does it for me.
    I was here btw 🙂

  16. Ikeatogbe uchechukwu Victoria says:

    It is a really nice piece of art work.it give a sense of an abstract art.

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