Lot Sale Results

Kazuo Nakamura
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 067

Kazuo Nakamura
CGP CSGA CSPWC P11 1926 - 2002 Canadian

Summer Reflection
oil on board
signed and dated 1960 and on verso signed, titled on the gallery label and inscribed "Toronto 9"
37 x 48 in  94 x 121.9cm

Provenance:
Laing Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, New York

Literature:
Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, 2011, page 302

The landscapes painted by Kazuo Nakamura in the 1950s and 1960s portray nature without traceable human presence, in a style that sets him apart from other members of Painters Eleven. Summer Reflection, completed in the same year as the group's formal disbandment, encompasses the attributes commonly ascribed to Nakamura’s work: delicacy, tranquility, gentleness and precision. The colour palette, which consists of a monochromatic range of crisp blues and greens, covers the canvas in an all-over method. Upon closer inspection of the work, the influence of science and mathematics is reflected in his technical precision and meticulous paint application. Unlike the bold sweep approach to colour application that was adopted by several members of the abstract Painters Eleven group, Nakamura opted for a laborious painting process, involving short and repetitive linear brush-strokes, which build upon themselves to create an intricate surface that is forceful and visually compelling. Iris Nowell famously notes that, while “words such as 'delicacy' and 'gentleness' are commonly attached to his paintings, there’s little description of their power.....The viewer just has to look a little closer, a little longer.”

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $26,550.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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