Lot # 541
Post-War & Contemporary Art Online auction

Gordon Appelbe Smith
BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA 1919 - 2020 Canadian

S. Falls II
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1985
60 x 50 in  152.4 x 127cm

Private Collection, Vancouver

In 1984, after visiting Haida Gwaii, Gordon Smith moved away from his horizontal layered abstracted landscapes and began to use a looser, more gestural style. He also began to use photographs as the basis for his work. This progression in style, and his new practice of using photography was firmly in place by 1985, when he visited Shannon Falls, a striking wilderness site north of his home on Vancouverís North Shore. Smith developed the dramatic image of the falls tumbling down a vertical rock face into a series of paintings, which progressed from an initial realistic approach to a more abstract one, such as we see in S. Falls II. Rock planes, forest vegetation and chunks of cascading water mix together in a spontaneous handling of form. His palette is rich, ranging from deep blues and greens to light silver and pale blues, with notes of orange and brown. Smithís gestural use of paint is exciting in its unfettered approach, capturing the invigorating feeling of this vital wilderness scene.


$50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD

Starting Bid: $45,000 CAD  
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