LOT 002

1909 - 1976

Signal Façade
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1952 on a label
16 1/8 x 18 1/8 in, 41 x 46 cm

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

Sold for: $22,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Donated by the Artist to a fundraising event in Vancouver, circa 1960
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Abraham J. Rogatnick, Ian M. Thom and Adele Weder, B.C. Binning, 2006, page 131

B.C. Binning was an important figure in the West Coast scene, both as an artist who exhibited internationally and as an influential educator who founded the Department of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. Binning produced stunning modernist paintings using abstracted West Coast nautical motifs, drawn from signals, buoys, flags and ships’ rigging. Binning had a strong connection to the sea and often explored the coast in his sailboat. This work is one of his striking black background paintings, inspired by his experiences seeing night views of Vancouver’s harbour from the water. Binning eloquently described one such sighting: “Suddenly you break out into all the lights of the harbour and the ships and so on, and all this black velvety summer night again with all these signals, lights flashing and neon signs…You know it’s really quite stirring.” Signal Façade is a vivid painting; geometric shapes of bright hues, interconnected in a grid of lines, pop forward from their dark background. Binning created a work that is both abstract and figurative, formal yet playful, a balance he intended to achieve and emphatically does.

This work is in the artist's original frame.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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