LOT 028

1933 - 2004

acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, dated 4/92 and inscribed "Q28" and "G.M-T-1992-01"
30 x 24 in, 76.2 x 61 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $61,250

Preview at:

Heffel Gallery Limited, Vancouver
Galerie Éric Devlin, Montreal
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Montreal, 2004

Guido Molinari began to produce his Quantifier paintings in 1975, establishing an enduring interest in subtly destabilizing the relationship between the vertical and horizontal to create energetic yet meditative works. Building on his previous experimentation with the jarring effect of contrasting bands of colour, the Quantifiers saw the artist exploring the intersection of colour and line at its most pure: highly restrained, closely hued palettes were activated by attenuated slanting geometries, producing a sense of optical vibrations or oscillations across the canvas.

This example was produced near the beginning of the final burst of production in this series, the period of 1991 to 1997 in which Molinari focused exclusively on blue monochromes. The restricted palette showcases the artist’s potency in producing fields of rhythmic force. Quietly contrasting chromatic variations cause the bands to seem to recede and rise through space in a slow pulse or ripple, while the subtly oblique angles imbue the work with a distinct lateral movement. The whole effect produces a destabilized sense of spatial harmony, and is a superb example of Molinari’s skill in producing complex and dynamic visual environments.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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