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Gerald Squires

by (artist) Gerald Squires, text by Michael Crummey & Stan Dragland

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list price: $80.00
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category: Art
published: May 2017
ISBN:9781897141823
publisher: Pedlar Press
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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.

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Gerald Squires

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Michael Crummey is an internationally celebrated novelist and poet; he has published nine books of poetry and fiction. Galore won the Canadian Authors Association’s Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region), and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2014. His most recent poetry collection is Under the Keel (Anansi, 2013). He lives in St. John’s.
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Michael Crummey is an internationally celebrated novelist and poet; he has published nine books of poetry and fiction. Galore won the Canadian Authors Association’s Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region), and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2014. His most recent poetry collection is Under the Keel (Anansi, 2013). He lives in St. John’s.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, APMA Best Atlantic Published Book Award
  • Short-listed, NL Heritage and History Book Award
Editorial Review

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

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GERALD SQUIRES (Pedlar 2017)

The rationale for publishing the book:

During a lull one day at the 2014 St John’s Christmas Craft Fair, my friend and master Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires casually asked me if Pedlar would take on an art book project to coincide with a retrospective exhibition of his works being planned for 2017 at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. After very little time to consider his proposal, I gave him my promise that the press would make him a beautiful art book, one that would surpass all other books about him to date. Gerry, who had spent a lifetime giving so much to Newfoundland and Labrador artists and culture, without doubt had earned a beautiful and dignified homage.

In October 2015 we lost Gerry Squires to cancer, but the exhibition and book planning continued, thanks to the utter devotion of his wife Gail Squires, his daughters Esther and Meranda, and others who love him. On May 12th, 2017 the retrospective opened at The Rooms, and the book, called simply Gerald Squires, with a long essay by writer Stan Dragland and a short appreciation by poet and novelist Michael Crummey, was launched. Everyone involved, from writer to designer to images processor to editor to publisher, knew Gerry intimately. The book is a magnificent tribute to this very important NL artist, and is beautiful, just as I promised Gerry it would be.

Editorial development:

I asked Gerry who he would like to write the book’s accompanying essay, and without hesitation he replied, Stan Dragland. I suggested to Gerry that Michael Crummey should provide a short text as well, to focus Newfoundlanders who love most especially to see their own included in important books. (While Stan Dragland is well respected in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), he is Come From Away.) Gerry and I agreed that Beth Oberholtzer would design the book, and Ray Fennelly would perform all image processing tasks. Both Ray and Beth worked on the beautiful Breakwater title Where Genesis Begins, a collaboration between Tom Dawe, NL senior poet, and Gerry: we knew their credentials to be impeccable. Same for Stan and Michael. A stellar team.

Stan Dragland is Professor Emeritus from the English Department at Western University, London ON. He moved to St John’s in 1999, captivated by the cultural renaissance taking place here. This renaissance continues. For over eighteen years Stan has been focusing his writerly energies and attention on NL artists, creating some very important essays in which he examines this burgeoning culture in the greater NL context of 500 years of isolation, degradation, and misapprehension. The value of his celebration of the NL psychic resistance to this years-long misapprehension cannot be overstated.

I’d like to say here that as I run Pedlar Press single-handedly I am always intimately involved in the development of every book at every stage. I had a very strong vision for this book. Gail Squires opened her home and its archives to Stan, saying as she did, Feel free to peruse any journal, any file, to read anything. This allowed Stan eventually to find the essential question for the essay: what internal darkness pushed the artist Gerald Squires to produce as he did?

Stan and I worked together to develop the text and to choose images that would best support his developing essay. When he had finished his first polished draft, Gail and Esther Squires, Michael Crummey, Don McKay, and Caroline Stone (curator for The Rooms show), vetted the text.

The importance of this book cannot be overstated. Gerry Squires played a pivotal role in arts development in Newfoundland and Labrador, from the 1960s forward. All younger NL artists have been touched by his courage, his methods, his excellence, his devotion to NL culture. As Michael Crummey says in his text, Gerry changed the way Newfoundlanders see their landscape.

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