Lot # 003
Spring 2012 - 1st Session Live auction

Gordon Appelbe Smith
BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA 1919 - Canadian

Shannon Falls E5
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso titled and dated 1989 on the gallery label
50 x 36 in  127 x 91.4cm

Provenance:
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Private Estate, Vancouver

Literature:
Ian M. Thom and Andrew Hunter, Gordon Smith: The Act of Painting, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1997, page 48

The mid-1980s brought about a shift in Gordon Smith’s approach to painting, resulting in a dramatic change in the aesthetic of his works. Smith’s palette moved away from the bright blues, soft mauves and pale pinks that surfaced in the Cumberland Basin series, and became earthier, reflecting the atmosphere of the moist West Coast rain forest. Starting in 1985, Smith made a series of visits to Shannon Falls. On contemplating the natural vertical form of the falls, Smith began to experiment with verticality in his canvases, marking a departure from the horizontality of his images of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. Smith’s initial paintings of Shannon Falls were realistic representations of the area; however, as the series progressed, the images became further abstracted. In his description of the Shannon Falls series, Ian Thom states, “Here brushwork and colour are used with an abandon perhaps not seen since the work of the early fifties.” Shannon Falls E5 combines Smith’s affection for the landscape with his awareness and mastery of the physical qualities of paint.

Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD  
Sold for: $52,650 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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