Ewald Rentz (1908-1995) is one of Ontario's most recognized and respected folk artists. Born in Saskatchewan to German / Hungarian parents, Rentz moved to the small Northern community of Beardmore Ontario as a young man and laboured as a prospector, musician, lumber camp cook, and finally barber before beginning to make folk art at the age of sixty five. He was discovered by collectors in the 1980s and since then his work has made its way into important government and private collections in Canada and across the world. Ewald Rentz died in 1995 at the age of 87.Here's a link to a bio: http://www.folkartcanada.ca/Ont_ER.html.
This carving depicts a logger at work, which is an important subject for Rentz as he ran a lumber camp as a young man. Once, he was responsible for saving several lives when he convinced his men to stay and fight a forest fire rather than retreat.
Carved and painted wood, metal. Signed on the bottom. Circa 1970. 19" long, 22" tall, 4 1/2" wide. This piece was from the artists personal collection.