BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA
1919 - 2020
S. Falls II
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1985
60 x 50 in, 152.4 x 127 cm
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for: $34,250
Collection of Worrall Scott & Page
Private Collection, Vancouver
Gordon Smith: Recent Work, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1987, reproduced page 19
Vancouver Art Gallery, Gordon Smith: Recent Work, November 20, 1987 - January 10, 1988
In 1984, after visiting Haida Gwaii, Gordon Smith moved away from his horizontal layered abstracted landscapes and began to use a looser, more gestural style. He also began to use photographs as the basis for his work. This progression in style, and his new practice of using photography was firmly in place by 1985, when he visited Shannon Falls, a striking wilderness site north of his home on Vancouver’s North Shore. Smith developed the dramatic image of the falls tumbling down a vertical rock face into a series of paintings, which progressed from an initial realistic approach to a more abstract one, such as we see in S. Falls II. Rock planes, forest vegetation and chunks of cascading water mix together in a spontaneous handling of form. His palette is rich, ranging from deep blues and greens to light silver and pale blues, with notes of orange and brown. Smith’s gestural use of paint is exciting in its unfettered approach, capturing the invigorating feeling of this vital wilderness scene.
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