Funk in a Deep Freeze (Hank Mobley)
gouache on paper
signed, titled and dated 2015
8 1/2 x 12 in, 21.6 x 30.5 cm
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Sold for: $1,250
Preview at: Heffel Vancouver
A donation from the Artist to the Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver
Eric Metcalfe is a visual and performance artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Metcalfe’s extensive career has led him present work in many exhibitions and performances, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1970); the University of British Columbia’s gallery with Max Bates (1967); and a solo exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery (1968). In 1973, Metcalfe co-founded Western Front which remains to be one of Vancouver’s pioneering artist-run centres. Since the mid-70s, Metcalfe worked on several media-based projects including Howard Hughes Inc., Crimetime Video Productions, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale (1987), The Attic Project, in addition to Laura – a traveling installation/theatre piece (2004) and Curtain Razors (2007). Metcalfe has achieved an Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2015) and the University of Victoria (2021); Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2008); and the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts (2006). Metcalfe’s work is in several esteemed collections including National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and more. From May to June 2014, Metcalfe worked within the BAF Studio artist studio space, and with assistance of artists Jacquelyn Ross and Nathan Wong, Metcalfe revealed the mural Stellar inside the Burrard Building at 1030 West Georgia Street. Metcalfe also presented a projection work in Façade Festival 2016 with BAF at the VAG.
Eric Metcalfe’s artistic practice often involves bold patterns, humour, and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Metcalfe created his now-retired alter ago, Dr. Brute, in the 1960s, during a moment in art’s history where visual artists, poets, and jazz musicians would coalesce socially and artistically. This interdisciplinary approach has landed Metcalfe many opportunities to design album covers for local jazz artists including the late Ross Taggart and Jennifer Scott. Much of his work throughout his long career reflects jazz music through visual art. The title of the work pays homage to the Hank Mobley Quintet’s jazz track from 1957. The song features trumpet, tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums, and is considered of the Hard Bop style. Funk in a Deep Freeze (Hank Mobley) is a unique work.
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