Town & Country
7th session

November 03 - November 26, 2022


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

11270 25-Nov-2022 10:02:15 PM $6,000

The bidding history list updated on: Thursday, May 23, 2024 09:21:35

LOT 825

1927 - 2023

South of Battleford
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1970 and on verso signed, titled and dated
34 x 40 in, 86.4 x 101.6 cm

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000 CAD

Sold for: $7,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Waddingtons Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Dublin

There is perhaps no one in the post-war landscape tradition with a more nuanced and delicate handling of light than Dorothy Knowles. As in this work, one of her primary subjects is Saskatchewan, which is known amongst artists to have exceptionally rich, even painterly, natural light. It’s the expression of that light to which Knowles has dedicated her illustrious 60-plus year career.

A central means by which Knowles deals with luminosity in this period is her use of media. These subtle washes of thinned oil paint have their roots in the “soak-stain” techniques of Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and perhaps most comparably, Helen Frankenthaler. Another commonality of these artist is some degree of engagement with the influential New York art critic Clement Greenberg. The same was true for Knowles – Greenberg attended the 1962 Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop in north-central Saskatchewan, which were initiated by Kenneth Lochhead and Arthur McKay in 1955. While history now most relates Greenberg to post-painterly abstraction, he encouraged Knowles to continue on with her representational practice, into which she incorporated the leading influences of the time.

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