LOT 008

1926 - 2002

Toronto 4 (Inner Structure)
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Design for ceiling sclupture [sic], Terminal 1, Toronto International Airport" and indistinctly "1973"
24 x 31 in, 61 x 78.7 cm

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

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sold sale of Canadian Fine Art, Joyner / Waddington's, May 31, 2005, lot 282
Private Collection, Toronto

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 115

Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter who was a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the 1950s. Nakamura’s works were more ordered than his fellow members’ very expressionist paintings – they are uncomplicated, often monochromatic, or produced in a small range of similar colours. Nakamura was fascinated with science, and this shows in the way he executed his paintings – he believed the patterns of science and art to be one and the same. In Toronto 4 (Inner Structure) he restricts himself to a palette of blues applied to a drawn grid. This title refers to the unseen universal patterns of scientific knowledge. For this series of works - done early in his career - Nakamura used razor blades and the edges of a piece of cardboard dipped in paint to create the structured lines. In this brilliant work viewers get a sense of his heritage from the way his painted lines resemble Japanese calligraphy.

As the inscription indicates, this painting was a study for works Nakamura produced for Toronto Pearson International Airport. His sculptures Galaxy Numbers 1 and 2 were installed suspended from the ceiling in the old Terminal 1, closed in 2004.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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