(1953 - )
Ransford Naugler began carving in 1988, after having worked at a number of jobs including deck hand on a fishing boat, carpenter, and maintenance work, "doing whatever I could get and giving it my best". He has been featured on several television shows, and in two documentaries, "In the Genes" and "Folk Art Found Me". His brothers Leo and Bradford are also well known Nova Scotia Folk artists. Ransford is represented in many private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Canadian Consulat (Boston, Mass.) and the personal collection of the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada. His work includes many life size figures.
The Mountie pictured was the first one Ransford carved. It is approximately 6 feet tall and can be purchased at the gallery for $3,000 CAD.
References: Nova Scotia Folk Art Society, A Joyous Vision - Contemporary Folk Art in Nova Scotia (1995); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, A Life of Its Own (1997); Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999)
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