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LOT 049

Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning
1909 - 1976

Modern Doric
oil on board
signed and on verso titled and dated 1951 on the artist's label
30 3/4 x 24 3/4 in 78.1 x 62.9 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $16,875

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Toronto

B.C. Binning was a leading figure in Vancouver’s early art milieu, as an educator and as an artist who was part of the city’s modernist scene, along with artists such as Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt. In 1949 Binning was appointed an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture, and by 1955 he was the head of UBC’s Fine Arts Department. Modern Doric refers to the classical architecture of the Doric column, developed by the Greeks and Romans, which was known for its smooth, rounded capitals. Binning’s approach to his images, which pivoted around his ideas of form, space, colour and texture, was formal, but at the same time infused with elements of whimsy, such as the star and weather vane atop the towers. Binning overlays solid and transparent forms on a textured background, which oscillates with energy. He further energizes the image with bright red, yellow and white in his lines and forms, balanced by black and grey strips along the edges that contain and calm this energy. Cool yet vibrant, formal yet playful, Modern Doric is a stunning example of Binning’s singular approach to modernism.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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