Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction
Lot # 003
Jack Leonard Shadbolt
BCSFA CGP CSPWC OC RCA 1909 - 1998 Canadian
Morning Tide Pools
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1957 and on verso signed, titled, dated 1959 and inscribed "re-painted 1959" and "$750"
36 x 29 in 91.4 x 73.7cm
The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Estate of Dr. and Mrs. William F. Bie, British Columbia
Scott Watson, Jack Shadbolt, 1990, page 78
In 1956, Jack Shadbolt traveled to the Mediterranean for a year on a Canada Council fellowship. He remained there until September 1957, staying at Menton in the French Riviera, and also visited Collioure, a small fishing village near the Spanish border. The Mediterranean dazzled Shadbolt—he opened himself up to new sensations, and as Scott Watson wrote, “The cumulative effect was a narcotic intimation of paradise to which he wanted to give himself fully over.” Shadbolt declared, “To be given this is the gift of life...I am beginning to feel now the rediscovery of my human self—tastes, smells, touch, texture, sun, walking, eating leisurely, following instinct rather than plan.” This liberation manifested in his manipulation of paint; applied with a knife, it became more textural, and he adopted a brilliant new palette. In Morning Tide Pools we see all of this in its rich impasto and light-filled colour, which fluctuates from luscious pink and orange to cool turquoise and mauve. Shadbolt’s impression of sea life at the water’s edge is gorgeously painterly and playful.
Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD
Sold For: $50,150.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)