“AR Wave Large #9, #10,” 2005 by Angela Leach

By: Lynne Wynick

Lot 39 – Angela Leach (b. 1966), AR WAVE LARGE #9, #10, 2005 (DIPTYCH). Acrylic on canvas; each signed, titled, and dated to stretcher; also titled and dated to gallery labels verso; each 78 x 78 in — 198.1 x 396.2 cm. Estimate $8,000-$12,000

An important Canadian artist, Angela Leach is renowned for her Abstract Repeat (AR) paintings. Her work is included in many public and private collections and exhibited internationally, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the Power Plant, Toronto, the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo.

In her work Leach has explored colour within the confines of the basic grid and with a “box of 32 colours”. Experimenting with the configuration of line particular to a composition, vertical and horizontal sections of the painting are designated light or dark value in an attempt to shift the perception of depth, becoming one thing and then another, always with an element of surprise to
amazing effect.

In 2003, Gordon Hatt, Director of the Cambridge Galleries, Ontario, organised a major travelling exhibition of her new large paintings, Angela Leach, Shimmy. Leach has said Hatt challenged her to work on a larger scale for the exhibition. In Leach’s words; “thus, the AR-Wave Large series of paintings were born.”

Following are excerpts from Hatt’s catalogue essay: “I stand before these paintings and am enthralled, as I observe how the artist has been able to construct from the same box of colours both gentle spectral shifts and vibrating complementary contrasts. Angela Leach’s paintings gently toss and roll, hover and settle, sparkle, vibrate and shimmer.”

Corinna Ghaznavi’s review of Wynick/Tuck Gallery’s Leach solo exhibition, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring, 2004; “Leach’s striking images seduce and hold the viewer’s attention… Every painting is an entity unto itself. Cumulatively, the paintings take on a resounding rhythm that makes the installation one of brilliant movement.”

All 12 AR-Wave-Large paintings sold originally to private, corporate and public collections. The release of these incredible paintings is a rare occasion.

Lynne Wynick is an art dealer, appraiser and the Director of Wynick/Tuck Gallery.


About the auction

Held online from May 24-29, 2024, our spring auction of Canadian and International Fine Art brings together exceptional work from around the world. This auction features celebrated Canadian artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, A.Y. Jackson, P.C. Sheppard, A.J. Casson, Bertram Booker, Alexandra Luke, Jean Paul Lemieux and Yves Gaucher as well as important First Nations artists Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas and Alex Janvier. International highlights include work by Jules Olitski, Karel Appel, Kwon Young-Woo, Norman Bluhm, Józef Bakoś, Léon Lhermitte and Montague Dawson.

Previews will be available at our Toronto gallery, located at 275 King Street East, Second Floor, Toronto:

 Thursday, May 23 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Friday, May 24 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Saturday, May 25 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Sunday, May 26 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Monday, May 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Tuesday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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