Lot Sale Results

Gordon Appelbe Smith

Gordon Appelbe Smith
November 2016 - 5th Session Online auction

Lot # 323

Gordon Appelbe Smith
BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA 1919 - 2020 Canadian

Cypress Mountain
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 in  76.2 x 101.6cm

Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Smith's visual meditations on the forest surrounding him on Vancouver's north shore have often included the delicate traceries of bare, slender branches and grasses that border the deeper coniferous forest. Their intertwining and criss-crossing creates a tapestry of line that pulls us to the surface and acts as a screen. This tangled skein delicately blocks us from entering, and contributes to the perception of the background as an abstract world of shape and colour, reinforced by patches of purple and golden brown which float in the picture plane. In Cypress Mountain, the carpet of snow makes the pattern of branches more visible, and creates an intermediate zone before the background of impenetrable growth. Within this square of canvas Smith gives us his perception of the mystery and vitality of the forest and a satisfying visual experience of a vital surface created by tactile paint, richness of palette and gestural line.

Please note: this work is unframed.

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

Sold For: $44,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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