Lot # 028
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Gordon Appelbe Smith
BCSFA CGP CPE OC RCA 1919 - Canadian

oil on canvas 1964
signed and on verso inscribed "8" (circled)
24 x 30 in  61 x 76.2cm

Acquired directly from the Artist, 1964
By descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia

By the 1960s, Gordon Smith was well established in modernist circles in Vancouver and on the national art scene. He had trained in San Francisco and studied art history at Harvard University. Travel, along with exposure to modernist trends, had informed his keen and inquiring spirit - he spent most of 1960 in England and Europe on a Canada Council senior fellowship. Smith’s ease with the language of abstraction is clear in this richly hued, dynamic painting. His use of a horizontal movement of forms across colour fields is a development from his early 1960s abstracted landscapes, which included elements derived from beachscapes and city views at the water’s edge. However, here Smith takes a further step into abstraction; we are immersed in a surface of saturated colour in which flashes of red, purple, gold and orange gleam against a backdrop of turquoise drifting in deep cobalt, suggesting illusory depths. Then the white field pulls us back to the surface as it slips off the picture plane at the lower corner. Smith’s masterful command of the elements of this abstract composition is exhilarating.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $109,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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