LOT 013

1920 - 2013

Study for Night Walk
ink on paper
dated 21 Dec. 81 and 22 Dec. and on verso titled on the gallery label and dated 14 Oct. 80
9 x 9 in, 22.9 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000 CAD

Sold for: $12,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Heffel Gallery Limited, Vancouver
Acquired from the above by an Important Private Collection, California, November 27, 1998
An Important California Trust

Alex Colville’s exact preparatory drawings have a remarkable appeal in themselves and augment our understanding of the paintings they precede. There are several studies for the painting Night Walk, lot 12 in this sale. This example is notably complete as a composition in its own right—and potent in what it encourages us to focus on in Night Walk.

While we might naturally focus primarily on the man and his Seeing Eye dog, this drawing is as much about the energy field of light that they enter (and pass through, presumably). The pentimenti around both figures fortuitously suggest movement. In the moment we see, however, both are held – in fact, made available to our vision – by the perfect circle of illumination that Colville inscribes around the street lamp. The lamplight defines what the dog can see, and what we as viewers can see of this pair. Typically for Colville, the image is about sight from many perspectives: human, animal and technological.

We thank Mark Cheetham, Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto and author of Alex Colville: The Observer Observed, for contributing the above essay.

Please note: the image size is 9 x 9 inches and the paper sheet size is 9 x 12 inches.

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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