Michael James Aleck Snow

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Michael James Aleck Snow

1929 -
OC RCA

“My paintings are done by a filmmaker, sculpture by a musician, films by a painter, music by a filmmaker, paintings by a sculptor, sculpture by a filmmaker, films by a musician, music by a sculptor” Michael Snow, Statements! 18 Canadian Artists, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, 1967.

Born in Toronto in 1929, Michael James Aleck Snow has led an influential and explorative career featuring artworks across a range of media. From experimental film and visual art to sculptural and sound works, Snow has created an extensive and indelible oeuvre.
Snow’s exposure to the diversity of artistic practice started early. After studying at the Ontario College of Art and traveling around Europe in a jazz band, a selection of Snow’s drawings exhibited at Hart House in 1955 gained him a position at Graphic Associates; a Toronto animation firm. During his time there, Snow was introduced to film operations as well as to his first wife, Canadian artist Joyce Wieland. Their partnership lasted until the late 1970s.

Snow and Wieland relocated to New York City in 1962, which exposed both artists to the world of modern art and experimental filmmaking. Throughout this period, Snow created over 200 renditions in various media of what would become the iconic Walking Woman series, which depicted a silhouetted profile of a woman in motion. Notable usages of the Walking Woman include Snow’s 1964 experimental film, New York Eye and Ear Control, which situated the figure within various city locales, and Expo Walking Woman, a series of stainless steel cut-out figures created for Expo ’67.

Snow is internationally regarded for his seminal experimental films, Wavelength (1967) and La Région Centrale (1971). Wavelength debuted Snow’s innovative interplay of sound and image as the film features a 45-minute zoom across one room set to steadily ascending synthesized tones. La Région Centrale is another visual investigation into camera movement and accompanying synthetic soundscapes. Set within the desolate landscape of Northern Quebec, the camera in La Région Centrale revolves in all directions while recurring electrical tones accompany the immersive, kinetic visual experience.

After returning to Toronto in 1971, Snow continued to his explorations of conceptual art, technology, musical compositions, written works and film. Additionally, many of his public art installations remain fixed within Toronto’s public art landscape such as Flight Stop (1979) - 60 sculptural geese suspended in the atrium of the Eaton Centre.
Michael Snow’s works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant (Toronto), the National Gallery of Canada, the Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), the Venice Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art (New York), among many others. Snow is also the recipient of numerous awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), the Order of Canada (1982), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000), and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2011). He has been granted honorary degrees from several Canadian universities and received an honorary doctorate from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Snow currently resides and works in Toronto.

Heffel 's Top Results
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Sideway
73 x 30 x 21 3/4in 185.4 x 76.2 x 55.2cm
lucite on aluminum, enamel on wood, steel brackets, nuts and bolts

Estimate:  $130,000 - $160,000 CDN
Sold for:   $175,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Airway
64 1/2 x 66 1/2in 163.8 x 168.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $80,000 - $120,000 CDN
Sold for:   $153,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Solar
30 1/2 x 44in 77.5 x 111.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $40,000 - $60,000 CDN
Sold for:   $129,800 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2014 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Green Skirt
27 3/4 x 20in 70.5 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $50,000 - $70,000 CDN
Sold for:   $97,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005
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Walking Woman
62 x 19 3/4in 157.5 x 50.2cm
oil on unstretched canvas

Estimate:  $45,000 - $65,000 CDN
Sold for:   $52,650 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Shadow Shadow
27 x 19 3/4 x 32in 68.6 x 50.2 x 81.3cm
painted wood

Estimate:  $35,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $46,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Around Red
36 diameterin 91.4 diametercm
mixed media canvas collage on board

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $31,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2017 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Two
40 x 50in 101.6 x 127cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Design for Textile Work
18 x 22in 45.7 x 55.9cm
mixed media on paper

Estimate:  $1,500 - $2,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,438 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Conceptual Art auction on Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Table and Chairs in Blue and Yellow
17 3/4 x 23 3/4in 45.1 x 60.3cm
gouache on paper

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,438 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's January 2017 - 6th Session auction on Thursday, January 26, 2017
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