LOT 023

1919 - 1988

oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1981 and stamped with the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Inventory stamp #B175
45 x 39 in, 114.3 x 99.1 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

Sold for: $12,500

Preview at:

Estate of the Artist
Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, Toronto

Adele Freedman, Gershon Iskowitz: Painter of Light, 1982, page 121

A pivotal event in Gershon Iskowitz’s artistic life occurred in 1967, when he was asked whether he had taken a trip to the Arctic, since his paintings seemed to shimmer like the northern lights. This observation caught Iskowitz’s imagination, and, enabled by a Canada Council grant, he hired an RCMP helicopter to fly him from Winnipeg to Churchill. He discovered a new sense of space, form and colour, and for three or four days, continued the flights over the landscape. He flew north again in 1971, and as Adele Freedman related, “He became a connoisseur of space and an intimate of light.” His colours became more rich and intense, as seen in Red—C, with its vibrant red colour field crossed by short ribbons of luminous blue, green and yellow.

Proceeds from this sale will benefit the charitable not-for-profit Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, which awards an annual prize, currently at $50,000, to a professional Canadian visual artist for their ongoing research and artistic production. Since 2006, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, each prizewinner has presented a solo exhibition at the AGO (see www.iskowitzfoundation.ca for more information).

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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