WILLIAM HADD MCELCHERAN
signed with initials, numbered 3/9 and stamped “MST Bronze”
height 10.75 ins; 26.9 cms
For William McElcheran, the businessman is a multifacetal representation of the average man.Drawing from classical tradition, McElcheran redevelops the hero archetype; moving away from representing the ideal to the “anti-ideal”, the “Everyman, the ubiquitous non hero.” The artist described the businessman, saying that: “His mission in our time is to be part of a larger organization in which he has to be a functioning part. Most of these guys are not in positions of power. So the image of the businessman with his overcoat, his hat and briefcase is like the package that he puts himself in, because he feels that that's the kind of image that he has to project to the world.”
David Silcox (English text), “William Mac (William McElcheran) The Businessman”, Munich, 1991, pages 26-27.
Private Collection, New York, New York.