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Haycock, Maurice
Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island
1963 1963

Born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in 1900, Maurice Haycock would produce nearly 5000 works over a fifty-year career. A geologist by trade, Haycock travelled all over Canada, particularly in the North. In 1926, he travelled to Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island, as part of a Canadian Geological Survey to survey the Cumberland Sound and Nettilling Lake area of Baffin Island. During his return trip aboard the SS Beothic, he met A.Y. Jackson and Frederick Banting, who inspired him to begin painting in the 1930s. Jackson and Haycock would go on at least sixteen sketching trips together to regions such as the Ottawa Valley, Algoma, Laurentian Mountains, north shore of the St. Lawrence, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Haycock returned to Pangnirtung Fiord for a second trip in 1963, at which point he painted this picture. Unlike most of his other paintings, he has included a small scene of human interest, as well as a demonstrable interest in the geography of the landscape. Clearly influenced by the style and ethos of the Group of Seven, Haycock wished to create a feeling of expansion beyond the picture plane and does so here in his choice of compositional framing. His unified colour palette helps to create a sense of connection between land, water and sky.

Haycock, Maurice
Wolfville NS 1990-Ottawa ON 1988 Wolfville NS 1990-Ottawa ON 1988
Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island
1963 1963
Oil on board Oil on board
27.9 x 35.5 cm
Gift of Kathy Haycock, 2020 Gift of Kathy Haycock, 2020
63-014

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