“PALAZZO” OR “WOMAN ON TELEPHONE”
acrylic on canvas
33 ins x 30 ins; 83.8 cms x 76.2 cms
Born in 1936 in Leeds, England, David Haigh was originally trained as a scientific instrument maker and designer, and latter attended the Leeds College of Art, studying under the notable painter Patrick Oliver. He moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1970 and joined the Canadian Artists’ Representation, whose goal was to raise the status of Canada’s visual arts. Haigh initially made wood prints, sculpted experimenting with wood, metals, resins and other materials. In 1974 he was co-founder of Eye Level Gallery in Halifax, an alternative exhibition space which showed contemporary work done by people who knew something of art history and of the larger art world in general. Haigh spent two months as a visiting artist at a print workshop in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1975, and in 1975-76, he did studies in intaglio printmaking at the Islington Graphic Studios in London.