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William Percival (W.P.) Weston

William Percival (W.P.) Weston

William Percival (W.P.) Weston
Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction

Lot # 252

William Percival (W.P.) Weston
ARCA BCSFA CGP RBA 1879 - 1967 Canadian

Howe Sound
oil on canvas
signed and on verso dated circa 1930 on a label
22 x 24 in  55.9 x 61cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 6, 1997, lot 109
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
Ian M. Thom, W.P. Weston, Heffel Gallery Limited, 1991, reproduced page 13
Letia Richardson, Silence and Solitude: The Art of W.P. Weston, Richmond Art Gallery, 1993, listed page 29

Exhibited:
Vancouver Art Gallery, W.P. Weston, ARCA, November 12 - December 1, 1946, catalogue #64
Heffel Gallery Limited, Vancouver, W.P. Weston, 1991, catalogue #17
Richmond Art Gallery, Silence and Solitude: The Art of W.P. Weston, April 3 - May 17, 1993

W.P. Weston came to Vancouver from England at the age of 30. He became an influential art teacher who forged the art curriculum for British Columbia schools for over 20 years. This career left him free to paint without pressure, and while exploring the west coast, sometimes in his Star class sailboat, he felt the power and challenge of this primeval landscape. He broke the constraints of his previous English training in his desire to paint the grandeur of the coast, producing work of strength, clarity and precision that captured the essence of British Columbia. Weston greatly admired trees such as the central pine in this painting, its character formed by its struggle to surviveócraggy branches twist and turn, shaped by powerful winds, and its roots search for footing in the rocky slopes. Through the screen of branches is a striking view of mountain ranges rising from the sound. Weston was one of the few artists to produce work of such power and originality at a time when the art scene in Vancouver was just beginning, and appreciation for his art continues to gather momentum to this day.

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

Sold For: $82,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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