Saskatchewan

Prominent Regina artist Jack Sures dies at 83

His death comes just weeks after being awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Death comes just weeks after Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts

Jack Sures shows off his pottery at the Slate Fine Art Gallery in 2015. (Sheila Coles)

Celebrated Saskatchewan sculptor Jack Sures has died at the age of 83. 

In describing him, both his wife and son said the artist had a tremendous presence and charisma. 

"He had vital energy," said his wife of 11 years, Cara Gay Driscoll, who is also an artist.

"He was the kind of person that would walk into a room and you'd know he was there."

Sures spent decades teaching at the University of Regina (U of R). He moved from Winnipeg to the Queen City in 1965 to launch the U of R's ceramics and printmaking program.
One of Jack Sures's 81 pottery pieces at Slate Fine Art Gallery in 2015. (Sheila Coles)

"Being the son of a dynamic, charismatic, very creative, very intelligent person rubs off," said his son Ben Sures. 

"I miss him. I miss his essence. I miss his proximity... I treasured every moment with him," he said. 

Both Ben and Driscoll also described a man who worked extremely hard and filled his days with things he loved doing. 

Sures had previously been awarded the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lieutenant Governor's Lifetime Achievement award and was recently given the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. 

He had fallen ill after his trip to Ottawa to receive the award and died in hospital Saturday "on the stroke of noon," according to his son. 

Sures launched the U of R's ceramics and printmaking program in 1965. (Sheila Coles)

"[It's] something he would do," Ben said. 

"We're going to all miss Jack tremendously, but it's also with a deep sense of gratitude for his life that was well-lived," Driscoll said.