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David Bierk
A Eulogy to Earth, Locked in Migration, Radiant Sky

53 1/2 x 46in 135.9 x 116.8cm
oil on canvas and steel

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD
Sold for:   $25,875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's April 2005 auction on Saturday, April 30, 2005
David Bierk
Memories of BC

50 1/2 x 71in 128.3 x 180.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD
Sold for:   $21,060 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2009 - 1st Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2009
David Bierk
Requiem for a Planet, to van Oost & Fantin-Latour

42 x 64 3/4in 106.7 x 164.4cm
oil on ink jet photograph on canvas and oil on canvas

Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000 CAD
Sold for:   $18,720 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's March 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2011
David Bierk
A Eulogy to Art and Aspiration ~ Flash Art Summer 1990 & Mondrian

33 x 48 1/2in 83.8 x 123.2cm
oil on canvas and steel

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000 CAD
Sold for:   $12,650 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2005 - 2nd Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2005
David Bierk
A Eulogy to Earth, Dusk

31 x 31in 78.7 x 78.7cm
oil on canvas on board

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 CAD
Sold for:   $10,620 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's September 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 24, 2015
David Bierk
Hudson River, Autumn Sunset

20 x 28in 50.8 x 71.1cm
oil on board

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000 CAD
Sold for:   $10,530 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's January 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, January 27, 2011
David Bierk
Eulogy to Art & Life, from van der Weyden

20 x 33 1/2in 50.8 x 85.1cm
oil on photograph on board, oil on copper, steel

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000 CAD
Sold for:   $9,945 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2011 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2011
David Bierk
Two Still Lifes

44 x 88in 111.8 x 223.5cm
oil on canvas/oil on board

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 CAD
Sold for:   $9,440 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's September 2016 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, September 29, 2016
David Bierk
A Eulogy to Earth and Humanity, To Masaccio and Fantin-Latour

25 x 37 1/2in 63.5 x 95.2cm
oil on board and steel

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for:   $9,200 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2005 - 3rd Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2005
David Bierk
Orange Sky (warm), Green Hills, Study I

9 x 14in 22.9 x 35.6cm
1988
oil on canvas on panel

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000 CAD
Sold for:   $8,190 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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David Bierk

1944 - 2002

Born in Appleton, Minnesota in 1944, David Bierk moved to California with his mother as a child. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and received his MFA at Humboldt State University in Arcata. He emigrated to Canada in 1971, and in 1972 began teaching art at a local college in Peterborough, Ontario, which he continued for seven years. He founded the artist-run centre Artspace in 1974, and was its director until 1987, when he committed to painting full-time.

His works explore the relationship between traditional paintings and modern art-making practices by juxtaposing steel and concrete framing with painterly reconstructions of the work of Old Master artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci and nineteenth century painters such as Édouard Manet. As Donald Kuspit writes in the book on Bierk produced by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, "Bierk has undertaken a relentless and passionate scrutiny of art history as a counterpoint to contemporary society and culture."

He exhibited internationally in solo and group shows through the 1980s and 1990s in galleries ranging from Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto, Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver and Odette Gilbert Gallery in London, England. In 1998 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists. Bierk died in 2002. He was posthumously awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and his work is in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canada Council Art Bank.

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