LOT 029

1926 - 2002

Ages Past
oil on board
signed and dated 1953 and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Toronto, Canada" and "59"
27 x 38 in, 68.6 x 96.5 cm

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

Sold for: $40,250

Preview at:

Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Ontario Society of Artists, Toronto, 82nd Annual Exhibition, March 1954

In 1953, the same year he painted this fine abstract, Kazuo Nakamura became a founding member of the Painters Eleven. Among the members of the group, Nakamura was unique, as he was not working in the expressionist style adopted by his colleagues at the time and he worked in several different styles. He was a quiet, reflective personality compared to the more flamboyant Painters Eleven members such as Harold Town. He was as much attuned to science as he was to art, and science came to influence his work more and more over time. Ages Past is a precursor to Nakamura’s Block Structure works from around 1956. His use of form is precise and ordered; his shapes are well defined and carefully arranged on a plane with a horizon line, creating an illusion of three-dimensional space. The shapes, which have the appearance of monuments, seem to be lit by a spotlight, creating sharp contrasts of white against black. Ages Past evokes a subtle feeling of the Surrealist work of Giorgio de Chirico or Salvador Dalí; whether or not this is intentional, it certainly adds to the presence of the work.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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