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LOT 030

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
1909 - 1998

Coast Memories #1, Ancient Voices (Sketch for Mosaic Panel)
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1958 / 1972 and on verso signed, titled variously, dated 1958 and inscribed "461 N. Glynde Ave., Vancouver, BC"
34 x 40 in 86.4 x 101.6 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $25,000

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Acquired directly from the Artist by a Private Collection, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Scott Watson, Jack Shadbolt, 1990, pages 78 and 82

Canadian National Exhibition, Fine Art Gallery Toronto, 1958

From the mid-1950s Jack Shadbolt was feeling a need for colour, which was satisfied during a year’s leave of absence, 1956 to 1957, when he traveled to France. In the Côte d’Azur he went wild for Mediterranean light and colour, exclaiming, “I nearly went mad just out of Toulon…My first Mediterranean colour - cool melon, heliotrope, clear pale mineral blue…” Back in Vancouver, Shadbolt wrote that after this experience, he began “to fuse the new impacts of colour, light, surface and image-motifs with my former preoccupations here...” As its title implies, embedded in this painting are coastal memories of British Columbia. Shadbolt structured the work with a mosaic treatment of form, using small tile-like slabs of paint of the most exquisitely rich, saturated hues. Coast Memories #1, Ancient Voices thrills the senses and is an extraordinary work by this important West Coast modernist.

Shadbolt would often rework his earlier paintings, thus the dates of 1958 and 1972.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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