LOT 001

1909 - 1976

Offshore Image
oil on burlap on board
signed and on verso titled and dated 1957 on a label
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 in, 21 x 27 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $46,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

J. Ron Longstaffe Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2005, lot 166
Private Collection

Doreen E. Walker, B.C. Binning: A Retrospective, Fine Arts Gallery, University of British Columbia, 1973, page 12
Selected View: The Longstaffe Collection, 1959 - 1984, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1985, listed page 39

Vancouver Art Gallery, Selected View: The Longstaffe Collection, 1959 - 1984, January 12 - February 24, 1985

B.C. Binning’s work is often described as lyrical and classical. His interest in nautical West Coast themes is seen in this exceptional painting, which has a fanciful and joyous atmosphere. As Doreen Walker comments: “In [Binning’s] works, brightly coloured nautical forms are used as basis for imaginative inventions. Abstracted anchors, towers, navigation devices, weather stations and pennants become geometric motifs; and linear rigging forms a counterpoint to coloured masses…..Miroesque and Klee-like qualities have been attributed to Binning’s seascapes of the fifties, and in his use of wiry line and ‘playfulness’ and fantasy, such affinities may be found. ‘I like Klee and Miro,’ the artist acknowledged, and ‘one unconsciously makes a little repertoire of what one likes.’ ” Binning achieved international acclaim - he exhibited in the United States, Europe, Mexico and South America, and participated in the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1954. A key figure in the modernist scene in Vancouver as both artist and educator, Binning also had national influence. He served on the Visual Arts Committee of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and on the Canada Council for the Arts’ Advisory Panel.

This work is in the artist’s original frame.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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