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Jack Leonard Shadbolt

Jack Leonard Shadbolt

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 045

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
BCSFA CGP CSPWC OC RCA 1909 - 1998 Canadian

Crossing Over
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1984 and on verso titled on the gallery label
48 3/4 x 68 in  123.8 x 172.7cm

Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
Collection of DuPont Canada, Ontario

Scott Watson, Jack Shadbolt, 1990, page 204

“What I am thinking of is a form which would seem to indicate the very live organic process, not imposed from the outside by the artist through stylization but in which nature itself seems to be yearning to reveal itself as reaching from an inchoate state toward a declaration of abstract structure.”

- Jack Shadbolt

In the 1980s the influential West Coast modernist Jack Shadbolt was developing his butterfly paintings – a theme which became sought after by collectors. In this 1984 canvas, Shadbolt depicted chrysalises, a caterpillar or butterfly body, and a colourful wing floating separately in space, their abstracted forms representing the process of transformation from one state to another. This mysterious evolution both contains and releases energy as the butterfly moves through its life cycle to its final state, indicated by the vibration of the forms with their saturated colour against a backdrop of sky and hillside. Moving from dark cobalt blue and green to bright yellow and red, Shadbolt’s palette is rich and varied. Crossing Over superbly exemplifies both the artist’s fascination with the biological processes of flux, disintegration and transformation and his dynamic handling of abstract language.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD

Sold For: $67,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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