The maple leaf—an iconic Canadian symbol appears in stunning detail in this unique work by sculptor Dale Dunning. Using the human head as a metaphor for our collective experience, the Almonte artist creates inspired metalwork. Forged from powder-coated aluminum, the profile of a human face emerges from the hundreds of individual maple leafs welded together.
“The thing I like about the head is it sort of encompasses what we are. We live in our heads…I use the head as a container to suggest what’s percolating underneath.” Dale Dunning
He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mt. Alison University, Dunning studied under Lawren P. Harris (son of Group of Seven member Lawren S. Harris) and George Tiessen. Dunning has exhibited across Canada and his work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, McIntosh Gallery at Western University, Carleton University Art Collection, and the National Library of Canada.