Painted aluminium light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency
232,7 x 182 x 18 cm
Presented in a light box, Canadian Humourist depicts a middle-aged man (as in almost all of his works in recent years, the artist himself) leaning on an Arne Jacobsen chair. Carefully coiffed, wearing a white turtle neck under a beige jacket, dark pants and, incongruously, fur-lined slippers, the figure is looking to the side with a somewhat bland, contented expression. Next to him is a tea trolley bearing biscuits and a brightly patterned crocheted tea cozy.
In 2017 Rodney Graham described the motif of his lightbox as follows: "A study of a white male of a certain age, perhaps a pundit or cultural commentator who history has bypassed, but who desires to keep up with the younger generation and grows his sideburns." His model, he had noted before, was a type of Canadian humourist from the 1970s who was past his prime but still trying to "maintain his grooviness," exemplified for the artist at the time by Canadian journalists of a certain period style, specifically Eric Nicol, also a longtime humour columnist (1919-2011) and Pierre Berton, a journalist and author of popular books (1920-2004).