Waddington’s Canadian Art Select Auction

This auction is offered online from Saturday, June 13 at 9 am to Thursday, June 18 at 2:00 pm, EST.

What is Iconic Canadian Art?

When we picture iconic Canadian art, we often tend to imagine the literal topography of this great nation, forgetting about the rich tradition of abstraction and near-abstraction. Highlights from our Canadian Art Select auction include excellent paintings by Cornelius Krieghoff and A.Y. Jackson alongside works by abstract Canadian masters Jack Bush, William Ronald and Gershon Iskowitz.

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acrylic on canvas, quadriptych; signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Estimate: $30,000 – 40,000

“Sally’s Fright” was created in the same style as Ronald’s monumental “Homage to Robert F. Kennedy” (1967-1969), a four-story mural for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, commissioned by its architect, Fred Lebensold. The art critic for The Globe and Mail, Kay Kritzwiser, remarked that “Ronald’s big beautiful mural lilts across three walls of a hexagon like bars of music…like music, like landscape horizons, the undulating channels of colour are strongly expressionist.” Ronald liked the piece too, remarking “If I never do another painting, I’ll be happy for the rest of my life about this one.”


collage on paper, signed and dated ’57
Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000

Works on paper were a constant medium throughout Bush’s career. This intimate collage was completed in 1957, the same year that art critic Clement Greenberg visited some of the studios of the Painters Eleven. This visit would impact Bush’s work moving forward as he developed a life-long friendship with Greenberg who he often used as a sounding board for his practice.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné by art historian, curator, and Director of the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné, Dr. Sarah Stanners.


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Tess McLean
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Email: tm@waddingtons.ca
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