Clifford Maracle (1944-1996) was born on the Tyendinaga Reserve, in Eastern Ontario. He studied at George Brown College, and did an Honours Graduate Studies at the Ontario College of Art. He was associated with Arthur Shilling and Gary Miller in the early 1970's. Other influences and parallels include Fritz Scholder, Francis Bacon, Karel Appel and Edvard Munch. These works were painted in acrylic medium.
There are generally two parts to a Maracle work: the subject and the background. Highly patterned, relatively flat subjects appear in isolatio on similarly flat, coloured backgrounds. Momentarily ignoring the superimposed figures suggests the powerful influence of colour field painters like Mark Rothko.
Clifford Maracle: Best of Both Worlds, Bob Phillips, Magazin Art
George Brown College, Toronto
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
The late Clifford Maracle’s acrylic paintings might be homely or primitive if it weren’t for his very deliberate, and oftentimes surprising, treatment of colour and form. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery — which is showing a fine selection of Maracles during June — lumps the artist in with Norval Morrisseau’s Woodland School, but stresses that he is Mohawk (Morrisseau being, of course, Ojibwa) and studied with Fritz Scholder, the famous Native American painter based in Santa Fe.Eye Magazine - Clifford Maracle
BY David Balzer May 28, 2008
McMichael Collection, Kleinburg. Canada.
The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB.