LOT 004

1909 - 1976

Various Forms in Space
oil on burlap on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1956 on a label
9 1/4 x 16 in 23.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Winchester Galleries, Victoria
Ballard Fine Art, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver, 2016

Doreen Walker, B.C. Binning: A Classical Spirit, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1986, unpaginated
Robert Amos, "Collector's Choice Focusses on Early Works of Famous Senior Artists," Times Colonist, January 17, 2002, reproduced page D6

Winchester Galleries, Victoria, Collector's Choice, 2002

B.C. Binning was an influential early modernist on the West Coast scene. He was an educator who founded the Department of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia and a renowned artist who exhibited internationally. In his paintings he used shapes abstracted from nautical forms, such as ship’s wheels and navigational devices, as well as geometrical forms, linked together by lines. In the centre of this superlative work is the motif of the black sun, a form he used up until the 1960s.

Binning’s paintings are linear, ordered and architectural, yet they have a sense of playfulness and inner joy. As he so eloquently stated about his work, “I do like joy…I do like order. I think my work plays between two sides of me: there is a certain joy and fun - perhaps even wit - but this seems to vacillate every now and then between another extreme of plain coolness - which I call a classic sense.” As he did here, Binning sometimes painted on burlap, particularly from the mid-1950s, creating textured surfaces that provide an organic contrast to his more formal and brilliantly coloured shapes.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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