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Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Gay Regatta with Purple Sun (Second Version)

13 1/2 x 30in 34.3 x 76.2cm
oil on burlap on board

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD
Sold for:   $169,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2017 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Tall Ships

48 x 20in 121.9 x 50.8cm
oil on board

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD
Sold for:   $111,150 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Nocturnal Fountain

56 1/4 x 28 1/4in 142.9 x 71.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 CAD
Sold for:   $99,450 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2010 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Four Ships in Variable Weather No. 1

12 x 18in 30.5 x 45.7cm
oil on board

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 CAD
Sold for:   $99,450 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2011 - 1st Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Happy Harbour

12 1/4 x 14 1/2in 31.1 x 36.8cm
circa 1955
oil on burlap

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD
Sold for:   $81,900 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2013 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Night Signals

29 x 34 3/4in 73.7 x 88.3cm
oil on board

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD
Sold for:   $73,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Post-War & Contemporary Art auction on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Two Ships Standing Off

14 x 7 1/8in 35.6 x 18.1cm
circa 1948
oil on board

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD
Sold for:   $64,350 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, May 17, 2012
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Sea Side Figures

7 1/2 x 10 3/4in 19 x 27.3cm
oil on board

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000 CAD
Sold for:   $64,350 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2010 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Coast Wise Signals

11 1/2 x 17 3/4in 29.2 x 45.1cm
oil on burlap on board

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD
Sold for:   $63,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
Signal Station

18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
oil on board

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD
Sold for:   $61,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Post-War & Contemporary Art auction on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning

Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning

1909 - 1976
BCSFA CGP CSGA OC RAIC RCA

Born in Alberta, B.C. Binningís family moved to Vancouver, exposing their son to the coastal scenery that would define his work. Binningís grandfather was an architect, and Bertram had planned to follow his lead, but was drawn to being an artist instead, often exploring aspects of architecture in his work. A devoted student and important teacher, B.C. Binning made a major contribution to modern art and architecture in British Columbia.

Binning studied at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts under Charles H. Scott, Fred Varley, and Jock MacDonald. He attended the University of Oregon on a Carnegie Scholarship, the Central School of Arts and Crafts in England, the Westminster School of Art, the Ozenfant Academy, and was a member of the Arts Studentsí League, working there with Morris Kantor. Primarily draughtsmen in his early career, his scenes depict the coastal life of his home city. In the 1940s he began to use calligraphy-based forms and shapes in his drawings. He became a member of the British Columbia Society of Fine Arts, winning a bronze medal in the 10th B.C. Artistís Exhibition that year. By 1950 he had developed a semi-abstract style that still relied on his coastal subjects, but was altogether new. Working on an unprimed, coarse linen canvas, his bold line and joyous colour was a strong departure for anything gallery goers in Canada had seen. The National Gallery of Canada purchased Ships in a Classical Calm in 1950, and would show it in the 1954 Venice Biennial.

Binning retained his interest in architecture and public works, designing colour schemes for buildings and creating mosaic murals. He wrote on mosaics and architectural colour for Canadian Art. His flat roofed home, built in 1940/41 in West Vancouver, was considered a radical departure from the norm in a rain-prone region where sloping roofs prevailed.

Binningís influences include Henry Moore, whom he worked with in England, and the styles of Picasso and Matisse. He was primarily concerned with design and colour, pattern and line, and their potential within a flat picture plane. In the 1960s Binning would produced a three dimensional body of work; the Optional Modules.

In addition to teaching at the Vancouver School of Art, Binning would teach at the University of British Columbia from 1949 - 1974, and in 1955 became the Founding Head of the Fine Arts Department and Director/Curator of the Departmentís Gallery. He worked in an advisory role with the Canada Council, winning a Senior Fellowship in 1963. Four solo shows of his work were held at the Vancouver Art Gallery during his lifetime, including a major retrospective in 1974, and he would show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Centre, Montrealís Dominion Gallery, and Bau-Xi in Vancouver. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971, and his work is found in major collections across Canada and in the United States. In 1988 with the assistance of his wife Jesse Binning, Heffel Gallery Limited mounted a major BC Binning retrospective. B.C. Binning passed away in 1976, and Jessie continued to live in the flat roofed West Vancouver home until her passing in 2006 at the age of 101.

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