Fall Curated
1st session

November 03 - November 26, 2022


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $18,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

873024 26-Nov-2022 12:54:27 PM $18,000

The bidding history list updated on: Thursday, April 18, 2024 04:20:06

LOT 201

1930 -

Gyrfalcon - Dark Phase
acrylic on board, 1972
signed and on verso inscribed "A10303"
35 1/2 x 23 1/2 in, 90.2 x 59.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $22,500

Preview at:

Beckett Gallery, Hamilton
Private Collection
Christopher Queen Gallery, California
Private Collection, Arizona

Ramsay Derry, The World of Robert Bateman, 1985, reproduced page 114
Stanwyn G. Shetler, Portraits of Nature: Paintings by Robert Bateman, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987, page 51
Robert Bateman, Dark Gyrfalcon,; accessed October 26, 2022

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, Portraits of Nature: Paintings by Robert Bateman, January 17 – May 17, 1987

“The gyrfalcon comes in three colour phases - dark, gray or white. It is the king of the falcons and is much sought after by the falconers of the world, especially the nobility of the Arabian peninsula. The huge sums of money which are paid for the living birds or even the eggs, create an impossible pressure on the wild population. In North America they are, of course, totally protected by law, but enforcement is not always successful.

I did this painting for an endangered species show. I wanted to indicate a lonely feeling, thus I have the bird looking a bit wistful at the bottom of a large misty space. The colour scheme is restrained and bleak. The white edge to the wing is echoed in the vein of quartz in the rock.”

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