Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 146
Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA RSA 1882 - 1974 Canadian
Old Road Camp, Bear River
oil on canvas circa 1951
on verso titled and inscribed "Eldorado Mining and Refining"
25 1/8 x 32 1/8 in 63.8 x 81.6cm
Acquired directly from the Artist by Eldorado Mining and Refining / Northern Transportation Co. Ltd., Northwest Territories
NorTerra Inc., Edmonton, 1985
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Edmonton
A.Y. Jackson, A Painter's Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, page 154
In his autobiography, A.Y. Jackson recounts his exciting adventures in the Great Bear Lake area in the Northwest Territories, describing his voyage on the waters of the churning, boiling river that drains westward from the lake: "I went down the Bear River on one of the Company's boats; the ore from the mine was loaded in bags on a barge which was attached to the bow of the steamer. It was an exciting trip, for the Bear River is very swift, full of shoals and boulders, and it takes great skill to pilot the boats down. I was on the deck making drawings all the way down. Later I painted up several canvases from the notes I made on that trip. At one point the ore had to be carried several miles by trucks to get around a series of shallow rapids." Jackson has captured the action of the water in the river exactly as it seems to boil and almost bubble, so numerous are the whirlpools and eddies in this powerful river.
Estimate: $80,000 ~ $120,000 CAD
Sold For: $94,400.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)