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LOT 053

John Meredith
1933 - 2000

Presence III
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1965 and inscribed with the Canada Council Art Bank acquisition #abba72/3-1570 and "YB 233"
73 1/4 x 60 in 186.1 x 152.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $22,500

Preview at:

Canada Council Art Bank
Private Collection, Toronto

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 241

“I attempt, through painting, to express and give visual existence to my thoughts, feelings and intellectual reactions to things within and outside me. I try to portray subconscious reactions to colour, form, beauty, power, etc. to develop my ideas, and to expand them through experimentation.”

– John Meredith

The younger brother of Painters Eleven artist William Ronald, John Meredith was also painting abstract works, such as this bold and colourful painting. Presence III, with its diagrammatic drawn lines and arcs of paint flattened out on a monochrome blue background, is typical of Meredith’s work in the mid-1960s. The red arcs appear to jump off the cool background surface, while the pale line structures behind and before the arcs add another spatial layer. We sense Meredith’s playfulness at work, and yet we are also aware of the formal concerns of the painting, and through this synthesis, his personal vision.

Meredith remained a Toronto-based artist throughout his career. In 1974 the Art Gallery of Ontario mounted the solo exhibition John Meredith: Fifteen Years, and it later held another solo show of his work, in 1984.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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