Don Proch (born 1944)
Gift of Richard Nordrum and Family
Part of a folio of prints released by the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop in 1978, Don Proch’s Firefly deals with the rural prairie landscape and its connection to technologies of the urban environment. Proch obtained Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba in 1966. He rose to fame in the early-1970s with the creation of unique sculptural drawings that he produced collaboratively with members of the Opthalmia Company, based out of his hometown Inglis, Manitoba near the Asessippi Valley. His early silkscreens, also printed by the Screen Shop, employed graphite powder and bronzing varnish to simulate delicate drawings or dry-point etchings, an effect that can be seen here in the building blocks that constitute the landscape.
Check out this artwork in the second floor hallway of the Bryce building!