Dale Dunning, ‘Absalom’, 2017, Oeno Gallery
Dale Dunning, ‘Absalom’, 2017, Oeno Gallery
Dale Dunning, ‘Absalom’, 2017, Oeno Gallery

Steel wrenches are molded into a large mask hair that is swept back in a dynamic gesture. This dramatic, indoor sculpture is mounted on a steel pole. The title of the work was inspired by the points of the spanners which, for the artist, brought to mind the Old Testament story of Absalom, son of King David. Absalom's life came to an end one day as he was riding under some trees and his long hair became entangled in thorny branches. He was unhorsed and suspended in a tree where his foes discovered him.

Dale Dunning holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (1971) from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (1969) from Mt. Alison University, he studied under Lawren P. Harris (son of Group of Seven member Lawren S. Harris) and George Tiessen. Dunning has exhibited across Canada and his work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, McIntosh Gallery at Western University, Carleton University Art Collection, and the National Library of Canada.

About Dale Dunning