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Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction

Lot # 211

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA 1882 - 1974 Canadian

Rice Strait (Off Ellesmere Island, Arctic)
oil on board
signed and dated 1930 and on verso titled Rice Strait and inscribed indistinctly "St. Edmonds" twice
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, May 10, 1995, lot 203
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
Naomi Jackson Groves, A.Y.'s Canada, 1968, page 2

Naomi Jackson Groves stated that A.Y. Jackson was “probably the first professional Canadian artist to reach the far North.” He traveled to the eastern Arctic aboard the government patrol ship the SS Beothic in 1927 and in the summer of 1930. His companion on the 1930 trip was fellow Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris. They produced graphite drawings as the Beothic sailed and oil sketches during shore excursions and in their cabin “studio.” The landscape, as we see in this stunning Ellesmere Island work, was unique, with jutting rocks, steep-sided cliffs and floating icebergs, which were prevalent that summer—described by Jackson as “the most fantastic forms in blue-green and pearl.” Jackson captured the electric atmosphere of this scene, with streamers of clouds rising on the left towards the upper formations and chunks of ice tossing in the frigid sea. His sense of rhythm is manifest in the roll of the rock formations in the foreground, emphasized by thick brush-strokes with pastel highlights. Crackling with vitality, Rice Strait (Off Ellesmere Island, Arctic) is an outstanding painting from this 1930 trip.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $41,300.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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