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Frank Shirley Panabaker
Mt. Assinaboine

34 x 40in 86.3 x 101.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for:   $69,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's June 2007 auction on Saturday, June 23, 2007
Frank Shirley Panabaker
June, Storm Brewing

20 x 26in 50.8 x 66cm
oil on board

Estimate: $16,000 - $20,000 CAD
Sold for:   $23,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's May 2008 - 1st session auction on Saturday, May 31, 2008
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Windy Day, Georgian Bay

16 x 20in 40.6 x 50.8cm
oil on board

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $16,100 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2005 - 2nd Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2005
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Harbour Village, Nova Scotia

19 3/4 x 25 3/4in 50.2 x 65.4cm
oil on board

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for:   $14,950 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2006 - 2nd Session auction on Saturday, November 25, 2006
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Rocky Shore - Georgian Bay

15 1/2 x 19 1/2in 39.4 x 49.5cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $13,750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's February 2017 - 4th Session auction on Thursday, February 23, 2017
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Windy Day, Georgian Bay

16 x 20in 40.6 x 50.8cm
oil on board

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 CAD
Sold for:   $11,800 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2015 - 7th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Winter's Quiet

30 x 25in 76.2 x 63.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 CAD
Sold for:   $11,800 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2015 - 4th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Harvest in the Dundas Valley

19 x 25in 48.3 x 63.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for:   $10,925 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's May 2008 - 5th session auction on Saturday, May 31, 2008
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Lone Pine, Georgian Bay

11 x 14in 27.9 x 35.6cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500 CAD
Sold for:   $8,050 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's January 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Saturday, January 26, 2008
Frank Shirley Panabaker
Aspotogan Cove, Nova Scotia

18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
oil on board

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 CAD
Sold for:   $8,050 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's May 2008 - 2nd session auction on Saturday, May 31, 2008
Frank Shirley Panabaker

Frank Shirley Panabaker

1904 - 1992
ARCA

Frank Shirley Panabaker was known for his colourful landscapes that explored the many regions of Canada, including Beaver Valley, Georgian Bay, Haliburton and rural Ontario as well as Nassau in the Bahamas.

Panabaker was born in Hespeler, Ontario, where he was encouraged from a young age to attend art classes by his father, who had always held an interest in painting. At the age of 12, Panabaker received his first gun and began to develop his love of hunting, which was a hobby he maintained throughout his life, featured in numerous duck hunting paintings that he produced over the years. Panabaker studied at the Ontario College of Art for two years before continuing his studies at the Valparaiso University, Indiana. Around 1926, he then continued his education in painting and drawing studies at the Grand Central School of Art.

The same year he held his first solo show at the Preston Springs Hotel in Kitchener, which featured paintings of the Kawartha Lakes, northern Ontario, and around his hometown of Hespeler. In 1929, Panabaker’s technically difficult canvas of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park was chosen for the National Academy of Design in New York. In 1930, the artist was awarded the Jessie Dow Prize for landscape painting at spring exhibition of the Montreal Art Association. In 1932, Panabaker was praised by A.H. Robson in the book Canadian Landscape Painters as “brilliant and colourful.” During a 1934 exhibition in the Birks Building, Hamilton, a seascape by Panabaker was acquired by the mother of the President of the United States, Mrs. Delano Roosevelt, as a gift for her son Franklin D. Roosevelt. The painting was displayed in the White House.

By 1942, Panabaker had been elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy. The artist became a published author in 1957 when his book Reflected Lights was published by Ryerson Press. It went on to be awarded the Literary Award of the Toronto Women’s Canadian Club in 1958. The following year he was elected a Trustee of the National Gallery of Canada, and in 1964, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

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