A Collector’s Journey: Selections from a Private Collection
Canadian & International Art Auction presented by Waddington’s
July 10 – 15, 2021
Representing a collector’s discerning eye, this auction features artworks from Canada and abroad carefully assembled over the years. South African artists, including Selwin Pekeur, Brazilian artist Ronalda Torquato, and British artists like Lynn Chadwick, are joined by familiar Canadian names Kim Dorland, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Betty Roodish Goodwin, Doris McCarthy, Gershon Iskowitz and Sorel Etrog.
UNTITLED, 2008, features the hallmark elements of Dorland’s work: ragged-looking trees, brash primary colours, and figures engaged in what could be secretive activities in a secluded area of a nearby forest. The thick layers of paint punctuate the almost primal tone of the painting. Dorland, born in 1974 in Wainwright, Alberta, continues the tradition of depicting the Canadian wilderness, influenced by Tom Thompson, JEH MacDonald, and David Milne.
Gershon Iskowitz’s art was forever changed after a 1967 Canada Council grant allowed him to charter an aircraft to fly over the sub-Arctic landscape and the coast of Hudson Bay. His iconic paintings have roots in this episode, and channel both the vision and sensation of fleeting glimpses of the ground through gaps in the cloudscape. UNTITLED, 1977, was painted 10 years after that important flight. A study in vivid colour, the deep blue penetrates the paper, while the brighter tones, in a strong juxtaposition of colour, seemingly celebrate across the surface.
While best known for his sculpture, Sorel Etrog (1933–2014) also drew, painted, illustrated books, wrote poetry and plays, and ventured into film. An international artist who worked and exhibited around the world, Etrog was born in Romania, immigrated to Israel, studied in the United States and was based in Toronto for more than fifty years. Etrog’s work is informed by his personal experiences: living through the Second World War and under Soviet rule, his immersion in philosophical writings that questioned the nature of existence in a postwar world, and the impact of a life-threatening car accident which manifested into his exploration of the fragility of the human body, as reflected in this pencil drawing.
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