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Ivan Kenneth Eyre

Ivan Kenneth Eyre

Ivan Kenneth Eyre
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 028

Ivan Kenneth Eyre
RCA 1935 - Canadian

Rainy River
acrylic on canvas 1978
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "231"
77 1/4 x 66 1/2 in  196.2 x 168.9cm

Private Collection, Ontario

Joan Murray, Ivan Eyre: Exposition, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1980, page 11
George Woodcock, Ivan Eyre, 1981, page 176, reproduced page 127
Ivan Eyre, Ivan on Eyre: The Paintings, Pavilion Gallery, 2004, reproduced page 163

In the 1970s, Ivan Eyre built a new home / studio on the edge of Winnipeg, set back into woods sloping to the banks of the La Salle River, bringing him closer to nature. Rainy River amalgamates two separate realities – a glowing green landscape with a river reflecting the light of a pale sky and a dark, monochromatic sculptural “still life” sitting on a window ledge. Eyre assembled mysterious twisting and undulating forms like this from plant forms or objects around him, such as pieces of metal, and situated them on a window ledge in the foreground. Joan Murray wrote, “He often uses windows to give his composition ‘insides’ and ‘outsides’…A picture exists within a picture, and successive realities unfold.” Eyre juxtaposes two worlds – the man-made and the natural, contrasting the tension present in the strongly defined lines of the sculptural forms with the stillness and soft patterning of the landscape, resulting in a feeling of anticipation. In Rainy River, Eyre created an enigmatic and compelling image that has the clarity and surreal quality of a lucid dream.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $121,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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