Six Decades of Bruce Head

September 11, 2008

By Mike Landry
Bruce Head's "Summer Camp," 1965. Collection of Great-West Life.

Bruce Head's "Summer Camp," 1965. Collection of Great-West Life.

When the Winnipeg Art Gallery first decided to hold a five decade retrospective exhibition of seminal local artist Bruce Head the artist only had one problem—he was into his sixth decade of work.

So, Head called up Winnipeg’s Ken Segal Gallery, and arranged to have his sixth decade shown simultaneously with his fist five. Not that all of Head’s most recent works are new. Half of them are works he started 15-20 years ago with “tremendous possibilities.”

“I’ve never shown everything I’ve got. Over the years when my contemporaries were going to Europe and that, I was raising five kids and didn’t go anywhere,” says Head. “I had the space to keep it and ended up accumulating a hell of a lot of work.”

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