Artists J. Fred­eric McCul­loch fo­cus of talk

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

The life of a young Pic­tou County artist whose short life was full of tal­ent and achieve­ments will be the fo­cus of a pre­sen­ta­tion Tues­day, Nov. 14.

A talk and pre­sen­ta­tion on J. Fred­eric McCul­loch (1905-1932) will take place at the New Glas­gow Re­gional Li­brary’s com­mu­nity room at 7:30 p.m. fol­low­ing the Pic­tou County Roots So­ci­ety meet­ing.

McCul­loch was born in Pic­tou County but died at the young age of 27 from the blood dis­or­der haemophilia. He was a grad­u­ate of the Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Art and later moved to Lon­don and later Paris to con­tinue his stud­ies.

The Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia called for his in­clu­sion as “among the best Cana­dian painters” of the early 20th cen­tury. His bi­og­ra­phy states “his works con­vey the as­surity and con­fi­dence few oth­ers achieve in a life­time.”

He died in Paris, France, but rel­a­tives of McCul­loch still live in the Pic­tou County area.

Lo­cal his­to­rian John Ash­ton de­scribes McCul­loch as an un­known icon.

“I’ve had a look at his work and it’s fan­tas­tic,” he said. “To die so young and to be so tal­ented — just think of the po­ten­tial if he had lived a full life.”

Ash­ton said Anne Cook is the per­son re­spon­si­ble for rais­ing aware­ness of McCul­loch’s art and she will be speak­ing at Tues­day’s event in a ques­tion and an­swer for­mat with Ash­ton.

Cook said McCul­loch has been an artist who has in­ter­ested her for decades and she was for­tu­nate enough to meet with his wife, Alice, who had saved all his work. Those paint­ings were be­queathed to the Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia.

In ad­di­tion to the qual­ity of his work, Cook said one of the qual­i­ties about McCul­loch that stood out to her was, de­spite the fact that he had haemophilia, he didn’t let it stop him.

“He per­se­vered. He stud­ied. He be­came an ac­com­plished artist,” she said.

She hopes that as peo­ple learn about McCul­loch, they’ll take pride in the fact that an artist of his skill hailed from here.

“It’s one of these sto­ries that is unique to our county and to our prov­ince,” she said.

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