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LOT 051

Edward John (E.J.) Hughes
1913 - 2007

Crofton Wharf
oil on canvas board
signed and dated 1965 and on verso signed, titled, dated, inscribed "13" / "26" / "P grey 3 Mar 62" / "F3552" / "F" / "V" and stamped with the Dominion Gallery stamp
18 x 24 in 45.7 x 61 cm

Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000

Sold for: $253,250

Preview at: Heffel North Vancouver Facility – by appointment only

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, May 31, 1990, lot 154
Heffel Gallery Limited, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, May 26, 1992, lot 6
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Vancouver

E.J. Hughes: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours, Heffel Gallery Limited, 1990, reproduced and listed, unpaginated
Jacques Barbeau, The E.J. Hughes Album: The Paintings, Volume 1, 1932 - 1991, 2011, reproduced page 43

Heffel Gallery Limited, Vancouver, E.J. Hughes: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours, November 3 - 29, 1990

In 1965, E.J. Hughes was living in Shawnigan Lake, in the south Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, and exploring the bays and oceanside settlements nearby. He often painted at Crofton, a small mill town, attracted by its picturesque harbour and ferry dock. Hughes’s work of the 1960s is greatly sought after for its rich, heightened colouration and crystalline atmosphere. In Crofton Wharf, a cobalt ocean and turquoise sky contrast with bright colours in the dock and small boats, and golden grasses in the foreground. Hughes was fascinated by the formal lines of man-made structures, such as the red stripes on the raised traffic barrier and the repeated patterns in the wharf supports and gangway. This finely honed composition is marvelously detailed – in the distance, a ferry approaches from Saltspring Island, whose shore is dotted with brightly painted houses, and at the dock, a small group of people relax on pleasure craft. Hughes deftly captures the harmonious balance between human activity and the tranquility and beauty of nature that is so characteristic of Vancouver Island’s east shore.

Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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