Waddington’s Major Canadian Fine Art Auction

This auction will be conducted live Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm.


William Kurelek
Estimate $80,000-$100,000

Assembled from prominent private collections from across North America, this major auction features a mix of Canada’s most sought-after artists from the 19th to 21st centuries.

We always strive to present the best works that are fresh to market, and this auction is no exception. The majority of the artworks have never before been offered at auction, or have not been available for decades. Highlights include a major canvas from a touring exhibition by Kent Monkman, a work by William Kurelek published in his book Lumberjack, two paintings by Tom Thomson, an important composition from Jean Paul Riopelle, and other stellar works by Philip Surrey, Ulysse Comtois, William Perehudoff, and members of the Group of Seven.

Featured Works

William Kurelek, Relaxation
Unearthed from a private collection in British Columbia where it has resided since it was first purchased, Waddington’s is thrilled to present this important work from William Kurelek. This painting is illustrated in Kurelek’s book Lumberjack, a visual and written account of his time spent in the woods of Northern Ontario and Quebec, the first during the summer at the age of 19 and the second for nearly a year at age 24. The subject of Relaxation shows a well-earned moment of repose after another long day of back-breaking work. Many of Kurelek’s most-treasured works are recordings of a time now long past. Colourfully rendered and highly detailed, it is a true pleasure to behold.


Kent Monkman
Fort Edmonton
Estimate $30,000-$50,000

Kent Monkman, Fort Edmonton
Kent Monkman is a Cree artist, born in Canada and of the most prominent contemporary artists working in Canada today. Monkman is widely recognized for his artistic responses to the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences. Earlier this year, Monkman was commissioned to create a monumental diptych mural for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City which built upon his national notoriety following this touring exhibition “Pride and Prejudice”. He reframes the history of our country through a lens of Indigenous and queer experience.

This particular painting could be a reinterpretation of Paul Kane’s painting of the same subject. It challenges the viewer to lay down the traditional colonial gaze by presenting Fort Edmonton within a panorama of sex, pornography, and BDSM play. It flips the dominant/submissive settler perspective on its head. A powerful statement in today’s long-overdue and challenging conversations regarding race and equality.

About the Auction
This auction will be conducted live on Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm ET. The auction will be live streamed on Waddington’s YouTube channel. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to accommodate physical attendance at the auction.

Bidders may participate via absentee and telephone bidding, or real-time online bidding through Invaluable. Visit our website for more information or contact us at info@waddingtons.ca or 416.504-9100.

About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Inuit and Indigenous, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.

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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
Email: tm@waddingtons.ca
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