The oil pumpjack is an icon of the Canadian landscape. This two colour, hand pulled, silkscreen print is part of a series of six Canadian historical icons printed on archival acid free 100% cotton, deckle edge paper. The patina of this 50 year old paper adds to the character of these numbered and signed limited edition (of 35) silkscreen prints.
The story of Canada is intrinsically linked to tapping the country’s vast resources. Be it oil, minerals, fur, farming, fishing or even water itself, this motivation for economic strength has been driven by the land. Transportation of these resources by foot, by canoe, by ship or train have each shaped the culture of the country in their own way. Our series, Canadian Icons, seeks to pay homage to this culture, and honour icons that are disappearing in our changing times. As humans, we are all visitors to this land and we must also honour and pay respect first nations’ unceded territories.