Back to School: Vancouver School of Art
1st session

September 07 - September 28, 2023


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $6,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

1824 28-Sep-2023 12:58:04 PM $6,000

11653 28-Sep-2023 12:57:17 PM $5,500

1824 28-Sep-2023 12:14:17 PM $5,000 AutoBid

11653 28-Sep-2023 12:14:17 PM $4,750

1824 28-Sep-2023 11:20:31 AM $4,500 AutoBid

11653 28-Sep-2023 11:20:31 AM $4,250

1824 28-Sep-2023 10:52:51 AM $4,000 AutoBid

11653 28-Sep-2023 10:23:33 AM $3,750

1824 28-Sep-2023 10:22:23 AM $3,500 AutoBid

11653 28-Sep-2023 10:22:23 AM $3,250 AutoBid

1824 28-Sep-2023 10:22:23 AM $3,000 AutoBid

11653 28-Sep-2023 10:22:21 AM $2,750 AutoBid

1824 27-Sep-2023 08:34:54 PM $2,500 AutoBid

The bidding history list updated on: Saturday, March 02, 2024 07:44:22

LOT 005

1928 - 2016

acrylic on canvas
on verso signed twice, titled and dated 2000
27 x 54 in, 68.6 x 137.2 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000 CAD

Sold for: $7,500

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Acquired from the Estate of the Artist by the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Bill Jeffries, Joan Balzar, Vancouver Orbital, Simon Fraser University Gallery, 2011, pages 6, 12, reproduced page 8

Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, Joan Balzar, Vancouver Orbital, March 5 - April 3, 2011

Joan Balzar graduated from the Vancouver School of Art in 1958, after which she traveled extensively. She has stated, “I loved to fly and was obsessed with the idea of space and ‘the spatial,’ as well as being attracted to light and the idea of creating light in my art. ...” Her aim in painting was to "try to expand the pictorial space by drawing the eye out," by "painting a volume of light."

The concentric arc shapes of CORE and her smooth, hard-edge style make this work a perfect example of Balzar's vision. It could cause one to conjure the image of the sun.

Bill Jeffries states in the Vancouver Orbital catalogue:

"Joan Balzar has given us paintings that combine light, luminosity and cosmological forms, as well as a sense of the power and force that lies behind so-called everyday life. Those formative forces, capable of "creating" galaxies, to say nothing of planets, are virtually impossible to picture, but that is the beauty of paint; it can allude to what is impossible to picture and it can do it better than our computers can. Her edges, which are so much more difficult to make than we realize, anticipated the fractalized view of the universe. Joan Balzar was part of an important avant-garde movement in 1960s Vancouver. …"

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