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
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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