Business Man on a Horse - William McElcheran
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Business Man on a Horse - William McElcheran

Artist: William McElcheran
Bronze
9' high

In Business Man on a Horse, William McElcheran presented us with the now famous figure of his befuddled businessman awkwardly seated on his "trusted steed."  The work seems to bring the viewer into a kind of shared compassionate joke. McElcheran's self-important businessman has trouble seeing himself as the contemporary descendant of the triumphant returning war leaders of the past, who would be the traditional subject of a historic horse-and-rider sculpture. As many critics have noted however, McElcheran's subjects are not just the target of his jokes, they are also under his protection: "We get a sharp sense that each of these figures is cared for by the sculptor, wrapped in an unseen cocoon and that we, as viewers, are being asked to care for them too."


About William McElcheran

He was born in 1927 in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1947 he graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Medal. As the chief designer for Bruce Brown and Brisely Architects, he planned and designed 23 churches and university buildings. In 1973 he formed Deaduls Designs, a company dedicated to the integration of decorative sculpture within architectural planning. His famous businessmen with pork pie hats are found in corporate collections all over the world and reflect his philosophy of "New Humanism" in both style and utility. He has produced public commissions in Canada, the USA, Germany, Italy, and Japan. William McElcheran was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. He died in 1998.​

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