Artwork by John Massey,  Crimea (Soldiers Series) 2001
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John Massey
Crimea (Soldiers Series) 2001

digital print
titled, dated and numbered 4/5 to a label on the reverse
27 x 34.25 ins ( 68.6 x 87 cms ) ( sight )

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Private Collection, Toronto
Through digital manipulation and collage aesthetics, Massey explores how the land, environment and architecture shape our understanding and experience of place. His “Soldiers” series pays particular attention to the themes of heroism, military, valour and the relation to the landscape with our interpretation of these motifs.

"Crimea” superimposes an image of a Crimean War (1854-1856) era Highlander soldier, with signature tartan trousers and bearskin cap, standing atop a soaring cliff. The artist emphasizes the theme of conquered land in the time of war, further galvanizing the hero status of the figure. In this contemporary post-colonial context however, the work seeks to question the viewer’s embedded assumptions of valour and heroism within the natural landscape and the consequences of these actions to the land and our collective consciousness.
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John Massey
(1950)

John Massey was born in 1950 in Toronto, where he is currently based. One of Canada’s most prominent contemporary artists, he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1979. Selected exhibitions include Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971 - 1989, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2017); Looking Out and Looking In: A Selection of Contemporary Photography, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2013); Envisioning Buildings, Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography, MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna (2012); Yesterday’s Tomorrows, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2010); and Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection, Hamburger Banhof, Berlin (2006). Massey’s work resides in institutional collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto; as well as numerous international private and corporate collections.