Gerald Squires, an art-career retrospective of the Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires, who died in October 2015, examines lesser-known aspects of this beloved artist's creative journey. The book is set to be released in May 2017 during the opening of a Squires retrospective at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St John's. Featuring full colour reproductions of some of Squires' most renowned works as well as lesser-known illustrations of exemplary works, plus a complete chronology of his career, including a selected list of solo and group exhibitions, the book is augmented with a long essay by acclaimed Canadian literary critic Stan Dragland, and an appreciation by writer and poet Michael Crummey.
Crummey's concluding pieces hit a perfect note. Crummey met Squires's at divergent times and places: a dinner party on Bond Street decades ago; the Bliss Murphy Cancer Clinic at the Health Sciences Centre a few months before Squires' death. To me, Crummey responds to Squires as we all did: he thought Squires was handsome; he just liked him; he knew it was always good to find yourself in Gerry and Gail's company. It could be simply the position of a fan, but once Squires' saw you were truly attentive, he engaged you at a level beyond that. And Crummey also writes of seeing Squires' painting installed at the St. John's International Airport, hung behind the luggage carts. This is how we all see him now, through the work he has left us, a portal into what he perceived. --Joan Sullivan, The Telegram