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Jack Leonard Shadbolt
Fall 2009 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 073

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
BCSFA CGP CSPWC OC RCA 1909 - 1998 Canadian

White Coats Dance
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1982 and on verso titled on the Bau-Xi Gallery label
49 x 69 in  124.4 x 175.2cm

Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

John Bentley Mays, “Canadian Art Exhibition Affirms Gallery Director’s Eccentric Eye”, Globe and Mail, November 6, 1982
Patricia Ainslie, Correspondences: Jack Shadbolt, 1991, pages 21- 22

Harbourfront Art Gallery, Toronto, Painting 82, September 17 - November 7, 1982

Though Jack Shadbolt is characteristically thought of as a West Coast Canadian artist, the appeal of his work reaches across boundaries and oceans. Having gained experience in the artistic centres of London, New York and Paris, he went on to exhibit at international venues such as the Venice Biennale and the Säo Paulo Biennal in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The colour and imagery he used were all unique to him, though firmly rooted in modernism, and White Coats Dance is no exception to this. This work was included in Painting 82, the 1982 exhibition at the Harbourfront Art Gallery. Anita Aarons, the curator, maintained that the artists included were the “Gordie Howes of painting”. David Bolduc, Graham Coughtry, Paterson Ewen, Ron Martin, Guido Molinari and Gordon Rayner were also part of this well-received show.
White Coats Dance is a surreal and beautifully colour-charged painting typical of Shadbolt’s style and flair. His use of a painted collage technique is evident in this painting where, as Patricia Ainslie writes, “ ‘cut-out shapes’ of exotic, vibrant colour are overlapped and linked in a surrealistic and arbitrary way…..juxtaposed with his personal iconography elements from different cultural tribal resources.”

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $49,725.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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