Back to School: Vancouver School of Art
2nd Session

September 02 - September 30, 2021

This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $1,600 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

9256 30-Sep-2021 02:14:12 PM $1,600

824359 29-Sep-2021 05:28:33 PM $1,500

The bidding history list updated on: Wednesday, December 01, 2021 11:18:58

LOT 102

1928 - 2016

Defined Structure
acrylic on canvas, circa 1970
30 x 48 in, 76.2 x 121.9 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,000

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Collection of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Please note: This work is unframed.

A graduate of the Vancouver School of Art, Joan Balzar was a prominent figure in West Coast abstraction.

Her work stood out amongst that of her peers for its bold luminosity. Later works incorporated actual neon lights, but the vibrance shows in this work, in the two prominent horizontal white lines which appear to glow. This painting also incorporates long vertical lines which according to her family are unusual in her work, but the structure of the abstract design is typical of this period, showing her keen interest in science, structures and technology. She was influenced far more by urban forms than nature.

This work is unsigned because the artist was reluctant to sign her paintings at the time. Being a woman in an art world of primarily men, she believed a signature would draw attention to this and single her out. She wanted her art to be taken seriously. She struggled very hard to gain recognition, and achieved it. Her work has been in group exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Seattle Art Museum amongst others, and she has had retrospectives at the Belkin Satellite in 2003, West Vancouver Museum in 2009, and Simon Fraser University Gallery in 2011. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

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