LOT 035

Gershon Iskowitz
CSGA RCA
1921 - 1988
Canadian

"Highlands in Orange" #1
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1976 and inscribed "GI107I"
80 x 66 in 203.2 x 167.6 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $58,500

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

PROVENANCE
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto
Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal

LITERATURE
Adele Freedman, Gershon Iskowitz: Painter of Light, 1982, pages 132, 148 and 153


In 1972, Gershon Iskowitz elicited a frenzy of international recognition at the Venice Biennale. Despite his rise in popularity overseas, the artist had much to prove. He traveled to Yellowknife in 1973, where he was inspired to combine the elements of colour and space. A tension was created within works like "Highlands in Orange" #1 – Adele Freedman writes that he “reduced the number of dots on the canvas from tumultuous torrent to minor flurries.” Freedman also commented that Iskowitz “became fascinated with the qualities of orange” after this and continued to work by layering patterns, colours and shapes, referring to his vision of the landscape. Between 1974 and 1977, Iskowitz was selected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. After Iskowitz’s successful one-man show at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York, critic David Shirey of the New York Times commended him as “extremely gifted in selecting and arranging lyrically beautiful colours that coalesce into a radiant composition.” "Highlands in Orange" #1 is a perfect example of such a work.


Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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