Fonds F 4522
190 paintings : 61 watercolours, 118 pastel drawings; 8 ink and crayon sketches; 3 crayon drawings (coloured) ; 30 x 30 centimetres and 22 x 14 centimetres
1 scrapbook (coloured chalk)
Fonds consists of watercolour, pastel and ink and crayon sketches by Dave Wall that visually document the proceedings of particular court cases in Toronto, Ontario.
The paintings in this fonds document a variety of legal actions from the early 2000s, although images of cases relating to violent crimes, such as assault and murder, are greater in number. Some of the cases represented are high profile, such as the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and Solicitor General of Canada v. Ernst Zundel. The largest group of paintings pertains to the Otto Vass manslaughter case.
Subjects in the paintings include trial judges, witnesses, lawyers, police officers, reporters and spectators. Court cases held in various Toronto courts are documented including the Superior Court of Justice, Toronto small claims court, Old City Hall, Osgoode Hall, and College Park.
Similar to work by other court artists, these works are somewhat impressionistic, with many details sketched in quickly and include many quick sketches. Fonds is arranged into files according to each court case.
There is no file F 4522-0-0-0-4.
Dave Wall (1961-) is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
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