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Jack Leonard Shadbolt

Jack Leonard Shadbolt

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 038

Jack Leonard Shadbolt
BCSFA CGP CSPWC OC RCA 1909 - 1998 Canadian

Coast Indian
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1984 and on verso titled
48 1/2 x 68 1/2 in  123.2 x 174cm

Provenance:
Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

Literature:
Marjorie M. Halpin, Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian Image, UBC Museum of Anthropology, 1986, page 26

Jack Shadbolt’s fascination with First Nations art began in the 1930s, when he drew native artifacts in the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria and sketched on the reserve land of the Cowichan people. These images recurred throughout his oeuvre, and between 1982 and 1986, Shadbolt produced a powerful body of work focused on West Coast First Nations art that was showcased in a 1986 exhibition at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Shadbolt was inspired by native artists’ deep identification with the objects they created, and he revealed, “I found myself in complete sympathy with the Kwakiutl psychologically transformational decorative inventiveness on the one hand and with the moody monumentality of the Haida sculpture on the other and, in addition, something of the demonic ferocity of the occasional Tlingit mask…Their imprint is on my mind.” In Coast Indian, Shadbolt deconstructs his subject into a free and inventive association of ovoid forms and motifs taken from totems or masks. Liberated through his modernist aesthetic, these elements tumble through abstract space, but still radiate the spirit of their source.

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

Sold For: $61,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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