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Book Publication

Rick is pleased to share news of the completion of the book "The Collector and The Artist: The Thomas Dungey Collection of Rick McCarthy's Art". Beautifully photographed and curated by Priscille Leblanc, this book showcases the impressive and dynamic collection of Rick McCarthy's work that Mr. Dungey has been accumulating for decades.


THE COLLECTOR: Thomas Dungey was born in Timmins, Ontario, in 1941, and graduated in 1970 with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School. He practiced at the criminal bar in Toronto for 47 years. A life-long world traveller with a particular affinity for the art and cultures of Southeast Asia, his other passions include sculpting, opera, and the art of Rick McCarthy. Thomas lives in Toronto with his wife Priscille Leblanc, who curated this book in celebration of the collector and the artist's 80th birthdays.


In this 1991 photo, the artist Rick McCarthy (left) stands with collector Thomas Dungey. 


In starkly beautiful drawings and vibrant canvases, Rick McCarthy captures the brutal poetry of ultimate fighting. A Hanshi (8th dan black belt) in Shotokan Karate, and a prize-winning competitor in Kumite(sparring), Mr. McCarthy has waged a 50-year struggle to endure as an artist with the same integrity he sees in the fighters he portrays. 

Now, Mr. McCarthy and his fighters are the subjects of the documentary film Rick McCarthy: Martial Artist, produced in 2009 by Stratford’s Relax Your Shoulders Productions and Toronto’s Code Film. The film brings to light Mr. McCarthy’s multi-layered battle to control his personal demons, to maintain his inner strength and to reflect “a metaphor on the society in which we live”.

For more information about Rick McCarthy: Martial Artist, contact Thomes Rickert.

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