Above is one of nine art helmets currently on eBay
created by Canadian artists (Nathalie Bertin, Daryl Chang, Michael Fromowitz,
D.D. Gadjanski, George Link, Steve Nash, Herbert Pryke, Zelimir Stanojev and
Beth Peart Weekes), for the Heritage Helmet Art Fundraiser, supporting the
citizen-soldiers of Canada’s Queen's York Rangers (1st American).
For direct links to each of the nine art helmets on eBay, information and links
about the artists, and information about the Queen's York Rangers, contact the seller.
The helmet is one of the
most recognizable parts of a soldier’s uniform. The oldest known use of helmets
was by Assyrian soldiers in 900B.C. Helmets can be worn for ceremony or for
The Queen’s York
Rangers 2012 Heritage Helmet Art Auction features nine Ontario artists –
seven from York Region, one from Simcoe
County and one from Toronto. Each artist was given a Canadian WW
II era Heritage Helmet to create a work of art around the theme of honouring
Canadian soldiers and, specifically, the Queen’s York Rangers. The Rangers are Canada’s most historic regiment, with ties to
the United States and Britain. The
helmets are being auctioned until May 26.
Helmet Display - The helmets are on display until May 26th at the
Aurora Cultural Centre, Ontario, Canada.
On May 27 the helmets will be displayed as a collection one final time and
winning bids announced at the public opening of the new Lieutenant-General, the
Honorable John Graves Simcoe Armoury in Aurora.
The proceeds from the auction will primarily fund the Queen’s
York Rangers’ “Regimental Assistance Plan” which provides special support to
its citizen-soldiers. The Queen’s York Rangers are the only Canadian Reserve
regiment to have developed its own independent program to provide this support.
Artists Guidelines - The artists must use the helmet as the base of
their creation. They can paint, sculpt or use any other creative techniques.
The only guideline is that the design should reflect themes and symbols
surrounding the Queens York Rangers and its rich history and/or current
endeavors. Of special note is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in which
the Rangers played an active and significant role in the defense of Canada and the
repelling of American invaders.
Materials Used: urethane primer, paints and clear coat
Concept for my Heritage
I am very honoured to have been given the
opportunity to participate in the HHArt project. To me, being able to pay
respect to our troops (past and present) on an original WWI helmet was a very
fitting invitation to show my gratitude to the brave men and women who
sacrificed their lives for my freedom.
My father was a WWII veteran (The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of
Canada) who passed away in the 80's and I never had the chance to thank
him for his service, so this project in part is also my way of paying
homage to him.
It was somewhat difficult to decide exactly which elements to paint on the
helmet to tribute the Queen's York Rangers with their deep history
spanning hundreds of years. As with goalie masks, I felt this
helmet should also tell a story, so I choose to paint images that I felt
best represented the roots of their Regiment.
-Centered on the top of the helmet big and bold with its striking colours and
detail is the Queen's York Rangers Regimental cap badge
-John Graves Simcoe, who became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada,
is featured on the front of the helmet wearing the green uniform tunic of
the Queens Rangers
-Troops silhouetted in a mystic fog and a portrait of an unknown soldier
emerging from the darkness atop a ring of poppies encompass the rim of the
-Diana - Roman goddess of the hunt who on her headdress, wore the same
crescent moon that the Rangers also had emblazoned on the Regimental
guidon, is watching over the troops from the back of the helmet.
For a complete BIO and contact info for Steve Nash -contact the seller
On 23-May-12 at 23:09:01 EDT, seller added the following information:
Steve Nash is a self taught Canadian visual artist born in Shelburne and currently residing in Vaughan, ON.
is the owner and operator of EYECANDYAIR since 2000, where he is
renowned for specializing in custom airbrush art on goalie masks.
driven and emotionally charged, Steve's combined passion for art and
ice hockey has his work being much sought after and can be seen on
professional goalies including: Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins), Jonathan
Quick (Los Angeles Kings), Martin Biron (New York Rangers), Cam Ward
(Carolina Hurricanes) and Chris Mason (Winnipeg Jets).
Phone: (416) 893-2702
Website: eyecandyair [dot] com
Facebook: facebook [dot] com [slash] EYECANDYAIR
Twitter: [at] eyecandyair
On 23-May-12 at 23:49:47 EDT, seller added the following information:
For more info on ALL artists, this fundraising project or about the Queen's York Rangers, go to: simcoeslevee [dot] ca