Lot # 010
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lawrence (Larry) Poons
1937 - American

Souther
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1981 and inscribed “81G - 6”
72 5/8 x 16 5/8 in  184.5 x 42.2cm

Provenance:
Waltzer & Associates, New York
Al Pyrch, Alberta, 1984
Winchester Galleries, Victoria
Hutton Collection, British Columbia
Private Collection, British Columbia
Private Collection, Victoria

American abstract painter Larry Poons is globally recognized as an important contributor to international contemporary art. As a young painter, Poons rose quickly to prominence, and he was included in many of the most historically significant shows of the 1960s. In 1970, he radically shifted his aesthetic style, moving towards a sensual painterly abstraction, and began pouring and splashing paint on his canvases. By the late 1970s he was building up his surfaces with materials such as foam, rubber and rope. The essence of Poons’s work lies in the tactility of his pigment, and Souther is an outstanding example of this quality. When this work was executed in 1981, Poons hung his canvases on the wall, making use of the force of gravity to direct his paint flows, which oozed down the surface in rivulets of grey and beige shot through with hues such as pink and mauve. This flow parts in places to reveal complex under-areas of scumbled paint at the sides and bottom of the work, creating the evocative impression of an abstract peeling fresco.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings currently being prepared by the Larry Poons Studio.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $109,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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