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Robert David Symons, Countryman
Artist, Writer, Naturalist, Rancher
By (author): Terry Fenton Introduction by: Trevor Herriot Edited by: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
9781927516034 Paperback, Trade English General Trade ART / Canadian Prairies Sep 15, 2013
$25.95 CAD
Active 10 x 8 x 2 in 124 pages Radiant Press
Saskatchewan Book Awards: Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award 2014, Short-listed
R.D. Symons was a cultural giant, and this book presents his life and art for a new generation of readers. Featuring an illuminating essay on his life and art practice by esteemed curator and painter Terry Fenton, Robert David Symons, Countryman also features thirty exceptional water colours.Homeschooled in an artistic family in England, Symons emigrated to Canada at the age of sixteen to work as a cowboy in south-west Saskatchewan. As an artist, Symons worked primarily on paper, frequently in watercolours, drawing upon direct observation and a prodigious visual memory. He greatly influenced many contemporary nature writers, including award-winning Saskatchewan authors, Trevor Herriot and Candace Savage.Robert David Symons, Countryman presents a comprehensive view of one of western Canada's most gifted artists. Symons was an artist and writer who was deeply devoted to the Canadian west, throughout his adventurous and well-documented life.

Terry Fenton is a painter and writer based in Saskatoon. His landscape and still life paintings are collected in national and international collections. he is in demand as a critic, curator and author of articles and books on Canadian and international artists. He is former Director of the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Leighton Foundation in Calgary, and the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. Fenton contributed the cover art and colour plates to the award winning poetry book When Light Falls From The Sun by Allan Safarik (2005). His most recent book is Reta Summers Cowley (2006) from University of Calgary Press which was nominated for the Sasktoon Book Award in 2007.

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