A local group of civic minded Calgarians, initiated by artist initiator CC (name available upon request) are raising funds to erect a statue in honour of Calgary’s favourite son, The Court Painter.
“I am delighted to have initiated this initiative. I feel that it is high time that something like this, honouring the Court Painter, is most timely ,on time and well positioned to be deserved. He has been without talent, acclaim, attention,sales and any Stampede recognition for far too long.”
It is estimated the monument would cost $3000 for proof of concept, creation, placement and upkeep. The Court Painter Society of Calgary has raised $57 so far from private donors, and hopes to complete fundraising efforts and install the statue …sometime.
CC seen with A Girl Named Robin proudly displaying his collection of Court Painter self portraits
“We’re confident in raising $3000 simply because The Court Painter’s accomplishments, legacy and connection to southern Alberta, we think, are worthy of celebrating,” said artist CC , president of the society. “If The Court Painter, who fought to have me taken seriously can’t be celebrated, then I don’t think there is anyone that we can celebrate with a statue not even Ole Winnie.” he said with a wink and a chuckle which was lost on the small gathering.
CC seen with small gathering attending his remarks
The Court Painter came to Alberta as a rhymeless poet and paintless painter from the cornfields of Iowa in 1971 when he first viewed the oilfields southwest of Calgary at Turner Valley, spent time in the Rocky Mountains mostly at Wild Bill’s in Banff and gave a few speeches between modelling jobs.
Court Painter in modelling shoot
The revered artist changed the course of local art history and CC (name available upon request) believes “it’s high time” for Calgary to celebrate his legacy and connection to the city. There are a number of places in the city that commentate The Court Painter already, including plaques outside of the Ship and Anchor, Dinny’s Den at the U of C and by his studio in the fashionable Inglewood neighbourhood.
It should be duly noted that a painting by The Court Painter of his Press Attache A Hardon MacKay, dressed up like a clown was sold at auction to an anonymous collector for $87 in March 2018.
The anonymous buyer who can only be identified by encrypted facial recognition software, told Postmedia through a leggy interpreter that making sure the painting stayed in Western Canada was “important if not incredibly important.”
“It’s something how you say ….I feel The Courtly Painter appreciates if not very much appreciates,” the mysterious buyer said in halting foreign tongue interpreted seamlessly by a well turned out assistant.
Mysterious collector with interpreter
Meanwhile : CC (name available upon request) said there are many ideal locations for the statue, including in view of the Calgary Tower or next to the Great Blue Hula-hoop out there on the road.
CC seen locked out of limo by his power wife
The project will be entirely funded by private donors, and no city tax dollars will be sought for its creation as CC (name available upon request) is against any taxpayer dollars to artists making art “up out of their head”.
When the funds are secured, commissioning of the statue will be awarded to the The Court Painter himself,” for only he can do justice to such a revered project,” said CC without a hint of emotion.
Monies (only cash accepted) should be sent to Press Attache A Hardon MacKay c/o The Court Painter’s Fish or Cut Bait Far Eastern Branch in Halifax.