ArtworksPhilip SurreyDecarie II, 1966 (circa)1910-1990CAD 9,500
Inscriptionssigned, 'SURREY' (lower left)
ProvenanceGalerie Martin Inc., Montreal.
Loch Gallery, Toronto.Decarie ll is a wonderful testimony to Surrey’s achievement as being a master at painting works illuminated by electric light. The painting epitomizes the artist’s preoccupation and resentment of cars and their impact upon urban life.
"[to live with danger] is manifested in the reluctance or inability of a person to envision his own death even though he sees the threat all around him...This trait enables us, despite the statistics of traffic deaths, to drive with peace of mind.” 
The composition shows the heavy equipment employed in the construction of Montreal’s Decarie Expressway, a sunken north/south highway heading into the city. His description of the construction equipment suggests somewhat surreal imagery. While the concept of such a construction project had been debated by municipal politicians for years beforehand, with the objective of its completion in time for Expo 67, it was in 1965 that a decision was made and the construction got under way. The roadway was officially opened less than a week before the World’s Fair.
1. Margaret Surrey, Biographical notes of Philip Surrey, Philip and Margaret Day Fonds, P85A, National Archives of Canada, Estate Philip Surrey, 141.