American & Modern Art

February 2227, 2020
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LOT 50

Lot 50

George Sumner (1940- )

George Sumner (1940- )
Lot 50 Details
George Sumner (1940- ), American


Oil on canvas; signed and dated '85 lower left, inscribed No. GSO-227-4872-293 in black crayon verso
48 x 72 in — 121.9 x 182.9 cm

Estimate $700-$900

Realised: $900
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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George Sumner (1940- )
  • George Sumner (1940- )
  • George Sumner (1940- )

Private Collection donated to Joseph Brandt Hospital, Burlington, ON, Proceeds of this sale to benefit the Joseph Brandt Hospital's purchases of medication dispensing systems.


George Sumner was born in San Francisco, CA and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is an environmental activist who began his career by creating marine-themed abstracts in the 1970s. He had an unusual method of painting large canvases which involved application of his paints with baby diapers prior to blending and layering. This painting depicts the Hawaiian volcano on the island of Kilauea, 1985.


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