Margaret Priest: The Workers Monument Suite

Margaret Priest, "Workers Monument Suite – No. 5 Terrazo", 1994, etching on paper, P.P. ed. of 7, 49.5 x 49.5 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Stu Oxley, 2000. Photo: Andre Beneteau
December 7, 2017 - March 11, 2018

Margaret Priest
The Workers Monument Suite
December 7, 2017 to March 11, 2018
Joan Lehman Gallery and
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 7, 7 to 9 pm

The twenty-seven etchings in Margaret Priest’s The Workers Monument Suite honour the courage and perseverance of tradespeople whose work, although essential to the process of city building, usually goes unnoticed. The suite, which explores the veiled textures, shapes and patterns of urban building materials, accompanies Priest’s Monument to Construction Workers (1994), a distinctive public artwork in Toronto’s financial district. Born in England in 1944, Priest completed her MFA at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1976 she moved to Toronto where she currently lives and works. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph, Ontario.