Raymond Fancy

Born: 1910  |  Died: 1988

Raymond Fancy. Sculptor. Woodcarver. Milton, Nova Scotia. Active 1970’s – .

Raymond Fancy was influenced to begin carving by his friend and neighbour, Ralph Boutilier. He made primitive works of people in their trades as well as birds and small animals. He painted his works. Raymond Fancy’s works were very honest,  direct and showed power. Unfortunately he did not  have a large body of work due to poor health. (His son is Larry Fancy who also became an artist under the influence of father and of Boutilier.)

 

Ref: Canadian Antiques and Art Revue. 1981.

Ref: Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985).

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

 

Lillian Ellis

Born: 1877  |  Died: 1939

Lillian Ellis. Fabric artist. Quilt maker. Darling Lake, Nova Scotia. Active early 20th century.

Lillian Ellis was a quilt make. She was cited in Field’s book: The Spirit of Nova Scotia*. (1985)

 

*Ref: Richard Field. Spirit of Nova Scotia. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Halifax. 1985.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

Clyde Edwards

Born: 1899  |  Died: 1976

Clyde Edwards. Sculptor. Decoy carver. Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. Active mid 20th century.

Clyde Edwards was a decoy carver. His work included ducks, plovers and also seagulls.

 

Ref: Richard Field. Spirit of Nova Scotia. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Halifax. 1985.

Ref: Guyette, Decoys of Maritime Canada.(1983).

Ref: Gerald Ferguson, Decoy carvers of Nova Scotia. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 1984.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

Melbourne Doucette

Born: Active 1970's.

Melbourne Doucette. Sculptor. Woodcarver. Nova Scotia. Active 1970’s.

Melbourne Doucette is a woodcarver and a maker of whirligigs. He is cited in the files of  the Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies.

 

Ref: Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies. Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

Willieam Devine

Born: 1910  |  Died: 1981

William Devine. Sculptor. Woodcarver. Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Active mid 20th century.

William Devine was a naive artist. He made relief carvings of animals and fish as well as religious themes. He was the brother of Clayton Devine.

 

Ref: Canadian Antiques and Art Review. 1981.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

Ref: Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985).