Agatha (Gathie) Falk

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Agatha (Gathie) Falk

1928 -
BCSA OC

Gathie Falk is a prominent West Coast painter, sculptor, printmaker and performance artist whose works are in major museums across Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada. Born in 1928 in Alexander, Manitoba into a Mennonite family, Falk spent her early life in Manitoba until her family moved to Vancouver in 1947. Falk studied education at the University of British Columbia in the 1950s, and spent 12 years working as a school teacher. During this time, she began formal art training at the University of British Columbia summer classes under Jock MacDonald. In 1965, she ceased teaching and launched her career as an artist.

The idea of collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach were part of the Vancouver community in the 1960s. During this time Falk created performance art pieces in which she acted assisted by friends. Images and actions were drawn from the everyday, but had a surreal or dreamlike quality. In this same decade, she produced ceramic sculpture based on everyday objects such as shoes and fruit, and often used repetition of form - such as ruby red ceramic apples carefully piled in a pyramid or bright orange ceramic shoes displayed in a cabinet. She also produced installation works, such as Home Environment, a room containing altered furniture and clay objects.

Falk's ceramic work continued to evolve into the 1970s, with works such as her Picnic series of still life tableaus. Also in this decade after a pivotal trip to Venice in 1977, she plunged into painting on canvas, pulling her subjects from her surroundings such as her garden. Beginning in 1979, she worked on the extraordinary series of large-scale paintings entitled Night Skies.

Falk has continued to paint in series, bringing great awareness to bear on the everyday objects that are often part of her work, sometimes with elements of whimsy. In recent years she has worked three-dimensionally in painted papier mâché and bronze with subjects such as men's shirts, women's dresses and canoes.

Her list of exhibitions is extensive, and includes a retrospective exhibition in 1985 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Another retrospective originated at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2000, touring across Canada and ending at the National Gallery of Canada.

Heffel 's Top Results
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Support System with Camelia Bush
84 x 60in 213.3 x 152.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $20,060 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's August 2016 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Piece of Water: Chief Dan George
78 x 66in 198.1 x 167.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $8,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,945 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2013 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Clean Cuts #8
24 1/2 x 24 1/2in 62.2 x 62.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $9,200 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2008 - 4th session auction on Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Venice Sink with Postcards from Marco Polo #13
42 x 42in 106.7 x 106.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $8,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $8,625 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2004 auction on Thursday, May 27, 2004

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Support System With Bushes From West Border
84 x 60in 213.5 x 152.5cm
1987
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $7,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,150 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's auction on Thursday, November 09, 1995
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Still Life with Fruit
8 x 22 x 10in 20.3 x 55.9 x 25.4cm
ceramic and mixed media sculpture

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,020 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Heavenly Body: Moon & Cloud
57 1/2 x 44 1/2in 146 x 113cm
acrylic on canvas

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Watermelon Picnic
7 1/2 x 14 x 9 1/2in 19 x 35.6 x 24.1cm
ceramic

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Venice Sink with Postcards from Marco Polo: #25
42 x 42in 106.7 x 106.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,265 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Ball Cap - Cold Squad
5 x 6 1/2 x 10 1/2in 12.7 x 16.5 x 26.7cm
papier-mâché sculpture

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,680 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's February 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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