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Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 127

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA 1882 - 1974 Canadian

Coppermine - Shoreline in Front of Nursing Station
oil on board circa 1951
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Aug. 1959 / "Commissioner Nicholson" / "60331/4" twice / "Walter Stewart" / "M.H. Long 11615 Saskatchewan Drive (1st House)"
10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in  26.7 x 34.3cm

Acquired directly from the Artist by Commissioner Leonard Hanson Nicholson
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.’s Canada, 1968, page 222

A.Y. Jackson, upon discovering the North, developed a great affinity for painting there, stating, “Every chance I get I go by plane up into the tundra, into the Barren Land...I’m perfectly happy to be put down with my pack up among these rivers and lakes.” In both 1950 and 1951, Jackson was in the Coppermine River area of the Barren Lands, a bold country of bare hills with sparse dwarf birch and willow. Jackson was captivated by this unique land, depicting its tapestry of rocks covered by moss and lichen under a wide-open sky. His palette in this oil sketch is particularly rich, and close viewing reveals strokes of blue, green, orange, pink, mauve and red-brown. Jackson was hardy and adaptable, whether rough camping out in the rolling hills, eating caribou and occasionally encountering a wolf or a wolverine, or painting in small settlements such as this and meeting its diverse inhabitants, including native peoples. He had a passion for the Canadian wilderness in all its manifestations, and he was compelled to travel to its outermost regions to capture it.

Estimate: $18,000 ~ $25,000 CAD

Sold For: $29,500.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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