David More, "Spitfire Steps," acrylic on wood, 2.44 x 4.37 m.
David More has been painting the landscape for almost 40 years. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, More moved to Canada with his family in 1948 and eventually settled in Red Deer. Growing up in a community interconnected with forests and parks had a profound effect on shaping his artistic vision.
More has created a body of work collectively known as The Garden Ceremony. Beginning in the mid-70s, the initial series was inspired by More's travels to France, England, Scotland, Trinidad and India. The final series, War's Garden, blends the artist’s childhood memories of actual garden spaces with first-person accounts of experiences that veterans of the Second World War recounted to More.
Guest curator Mary-Beth Laviolette worked with More to select the works for the show. Laviolette’s interpretive essay places the show in context of art history and the tradition of landscape painting in Canada.
More states, "The Garden Ceremony is a metaphoric reference to humankind's desire (some may say need) to be in ritualistic control of some miniscule corner of the world." “It’s probably the most major show of my life,”” said More. (Red Deer Advocate, July 18, 1012, interview with reporter Lana Michelin)