CGP CSPWC OSA P11
1901 - 1967
watercolour on paper
initialed, dated 1948 and inscribed indistinctly and on verso inscribed indistinctly
9 x 12 in, 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for: $1,000
Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave
Private Collection, Toronto
Joan Murray, Alexandra Luke: Continued Searching, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1987, page 4
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, pages 43 and 93
While teaching at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the summer of 1945, Jock MacDonald tutored Alexandra Luke in the Surrealist automatic method of painting. According to Roald Nasgaard, this is when Luke’s “real formation as an artist, having long worked in the wake of the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, began, under the tutelage of Jock Macdonald and his automatic techniques.” The fluidity of this work is certainly evocative of the Surrealists’ automatic method of painting. It also illustrates Luke’s artistic approach that “…more beauty and interest is to be found in the negative space created by the object than in the positive…painting should not stop with the already discovered beauty, but should continue searching.” This 1948 work was completed after Luke spent her first summer learning from the renowned artist and educator Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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