LOT 040

1941 - 2022

Ephraim Kelloway's White Door
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1988 and on verso signed, titled, dated twice, inscribed "Rabbit skin glue primer under oil based white primer. Final surface finish Damar varnish" and stamped with the Gallery One stamp
70 x 48 in, 177.8 x 121.9 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

Sold for: $105,300

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Gallery One, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

David Blackwood, David Blackwood: Ephraim Kelloway's Door Paintings 1985 - 1990, Gallery One, 1990, foreword, reproduced, unpaginated
David Blackwood, Ephraim Kelloway’s Door, Abbozzo Gallery, foreword written at Port Hope, August 2010, http://david-blackwood.abbozzogallery.com/ephraim-kelloways-door.htm, accessed August 20, 2013

Gallery One, Toronto, David Blackwood: Ephraim Kelloway's Door Paintings 1985 - 1990, October 6 - November 1, 1990, catalogue #6

In Wesleyville, Newfoundland, the Kelloway family owned a small house with several grey, weathered outbuildings. In the 1950s Ephraim Kelloway started to paint his shed door, first green, and then over the next two years a succession of changing colours. David Blackwood recounts, “Over a two year period it changed colours frequently, from blue to white to black to brown to red, as Ephraim found paint. When Marguerite Tuff had some pink left over from a girl’s bedroom, it found its way onto the shed door. Some discarded aluminum stovepipe paint changed it again to silver.” Ephraim then moved on to enhancing the surface of the door, “with a variety of hinges, a horseshoe, a half model of a boat and cutouts of brightly coloured and lettered tin. The final result was a richly painted and decorated icon.” This door fascinated Blackwood, resulting in an etching and a stunning series of paintings, and he stated, “it has become a touchstone for me, an object dense with layers of both personal and universal meaning that is so very symbolic of Newfoundland.”

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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