LOT 014

Michael James Aleck Snow
1928 -

Around Red
mixed media canvas collage on board
on verso signed, titled and dated 1956
36 diameter in 91.4 diameter cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Michael and Elizabeth Brain, Calgary

Robert Enright, “The Lord of Missed Rules: An Interview with Michael Snow,” Border Crossings, no. 102, May 2007

Born in Toronto and known internationally, Michael Snow is a ground-breaking Renaissance man who works in many media—photography, film, music, sculpture, installation and painting. Snow commented on how his awareness and art-making shifted between mediums, stating, “My paintings are done by a filmmaker, sculpture by a musician, films by a painter, music by a sculptor.” From 1954 to 1956, Snow worked with collages and explored abstraction; he described these works as “de Kooning-esque in some ways although more realistic.” By the late 1950s, he evolved to pure abstraction for a number of years. In Around Red, we can still recognize suggestions of objects, such as chair forms, swirling out of brilliant colour fields and rolling around the circular format. Snow collages canvas on canvas, making his painting a fluid, shifting assemblage of images. He plays with the tension between the two-dimensional surface and illusory space with a free and sure hand. Around Red is a rare painting from this early period of Snow’s work.
The dimension including the frame made by the artist is 39 3/4 inches in diameter.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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