Consignor Canadian Fine Art’s Fall Live Auction of Important Canadian Art features exceptional works by Canada’s celebrated historical, post-war and contemporary artists, with examples spanning nearly 150 years of Canada’s history. On the cover of the auction catalogue is A.J. Casson’s Storm in the Cloche Hills, an oil painting which the artist identified as “one of the best” he created of rural Ontario. The moody landscape, with an auction estimate of $60,000–80,000, dates to 1951, a period when Casson painted in an increasingly abstract manner. Featured in the Ontario Society of Artists 79th Annual Spring Exhibition and the Canadian National Exhibition showing of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Storm in the Cloche Hills has not been shown to the public since these 1951 exhibitions. Fellow Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson’s Ungava Bay will be offered in the live auction, with an estimate of $70,000–90,000. The oil on panel serves as the sketch for a major canvas, Labrador Coast, which is part of Hart House’s permanent collection at the University of Toronto.
“We are very pleased to once again offer a phenomenal collection of work that is a celebration of our country’s artists, schools and movements, featuring important and dynamic pieces by painters, printmakers and sculptors from coast to coast.”
Renowned Canadian realistic painters are well-represented in the November auction, with strong examples on offer, including work by Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Bertram Brooker, William Kurelek, A.H. Robinson, J.W. Beatty, Peter Clapham Sheppard, Clarence Gagnon, Maurice Cullen, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Frederick Banting, Charles Comfort and Alan Collier, among many others.
Post-war Canadian abstraction once again plays a central role in the forthcoming Consignor auction, with strong offerings by artists including Jean-Paul Riopelle, Harold Town, William Ronald, Jock Macdonald, William Perehudoff, Otto Rogers, Art McKay, Betty Goodwin, Jean McEwen, Marcelle Ferron, Marcel Barbeau and Marcella Maltais.
Kenneth Lochhead’s 1964 canvas Colour Rotation has already excited collectors during early previewing. The monumental work is on consignment from the collection of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, Calgary. Painted during an important transitional period in Lochhead’s career and alongside developments in colour-field painting of the New York School, the canvas illustrates the Regina Five’s shift from gestural to hard-edge abstraction during the 1960s.
“We are very pleased to once again offer a phenomenal collection of work that is a celebration of our country’s artists, schools and movements, featuring important and dynamic pieces by painters, printmakers and sculptors from coast to coast,” notes Consignor President, Rob Cowley, “and we are proud to provide exciting opportunities for new, intermediate and established collectors of Canadian art.”
The Fall Live Auction of Important Canadian Art will take place on Tuesday, November 20th, at 7 p.m. at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum (doors open at 6 p.m.). Previewing is on now and continues through to the 20th at the Consignor Gallery at 326 Dundas Street West (directly across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario). The complete auction listing can be viewed by following this link, and catalogues are available for purchase in the gallery or by mail by following this link.
Since its inception in 2013, Consignor’s live and online auctions have included exceptional works such as a previously undiscovered William Kurelek (Ukrainian Proverb, sold for $41,400), and Jack Bush’s Summer Lake, which broke records in May 2014 for the most expensive painting by a Canadian artist to be sold at an online auction ($310,500). Consignor’s inaugural live auction in May 2016 set the record for the highest-selling Algoma sketch by Lawren Harris, fetching $977,500. Most recently, the Spring 2018 Live Auction featured Kurelek’s sought-after masterpiece, Hot Day at Kensington Market, which more than tripled its opening bid, selling for $472,000.
Consignor Canadian Fine Art is currently accepting consignments for further upcoming auctions, including the Spring Live Auction of Important Canadian Art in May 2019. Consignor offers standard all-inclusive selling commissions and the lowest buyer’s premium in the industry. Those interested in consignment are welcome to arrange a complimentary and confidential consultation by contacting Consignor’s specialists at 1-866-931-8415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.