1980 Winner - Maurice Haycock
Remembering an Arctic artist
Maurice Haycock was a true Renaissance man: an internationally respected
mineralogist, a classical musician and Canada’s most travelled Arctic artist — the first
to have painted at the North Pole.
Haycock, an RCGS Massey medallist who
died in 1988 at the age of 88, was also a cultural historian with a singular passion for
documenting historic sites in the North. Compiled by his daughter Kathy Haycock, On Site
With Maurice Haycock: Artist of the Arctic is a new book featuring his art and writings
on notable cairns, gravesites and ancient villages.
Kathy started working on her father’s manuscript in 2003, when her home was razed by fire.
The manuscript and the paintings, photographs and diaries that were in her possession were
“About a year after the fire,” she says, “I was talking with another artist about my father’s
legacy and how important it was to let people know about him. So much was lost in the fire.
It was kind of urgent that I do something.”
Fortunately, Kathy’s sister found one of their father’s earlier manuscripts and supplied
paintings and photos from her own collection to complete the project. For more on the book,
— Monique Roy-Sole