Maurice Haycock’s memory will continue to contribute
to the scientific, musical and artistic fabric of Canada.
In science, the Maurice Haycock Bursary
is given each year to a promising second year student
of Geology at Acadia University.
In music, the Maurice Haycock Memorial
Fund assists the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. The fund
was created by his wife, Kay, after his death in recognition
of his contributions to the orchestra from its founding
and throughout the rest of his life.
In art, Haycock was honoured posthumously
at the Westboro Fine Art Festival in 1989, 1990, and
1991 when bursaries were given to young artists in his
name. A major posthumous retrospective exhibition was
held in 2000 in Ottawa. It sold out in four days. An
exhibition of Yukon paintings is being planned.
A tragic fire in 2003 destroyed a large
collection of Haycock's paintings and archival materials.
But his remaining paintings stand Maurice Haycock’s
paintings remain as a tribute to him - a painter who
loved Canada, her remote peoples and wild landscapes
and excelled wonderfully in sharing his passion through
|Maurice Hall Haycock, BSc,
MA, PhD, LLB
Haycock succeeded in
visiting and painting more of the Arctic than anyone
had before, or has since. He is recognized as Canada’s
foremost Artist of the North. Not just because he has
painted so many places, but because he understood and
conveyed the essence of the land in his paintings.
Haycock also left a number of his so
called “projects in progress” to be completed
after his death. These included the publishing of books
on his 1926/27 Diary, a book of paintings of the Historic
Sites of the Arctic, a memoir of Painting Trips with
A.Y. Jackson, and an (auto)biography. Watch this site
for progress on these books, more exhibitions, and other
Follow the links to read about the various chapters
of his life:
to the North and to A.Y. Jackson
Career/ Musical Pursuits
Painting/The Call of the North
Infatuation of the North