American & Modern Painting Online Auction

February 25, 2016

LOT 61
Don Bonham (1940-2014)
  • Don Bonham (1940-2014)
  • Don Bonham (1940-2014)
  • Don Bonham (1940-2014)
  • Don Bonham (1940-2014)
  • Don Bonham (1940-2014)

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Don Bonham (1940-2014), American/Canadian

NOAH, 1984

Fiberglass and metal with grey painted finish mounted to a wood base; titled and dated 1984 to gallery label to the underside
27.5" x 13" x 20" — 69.9 x 33 x 50.8 cm.

Estimate $300-$500

Realised: $192

About artist/note:

Sculptor and former Marine Don Bonham was a colourful individualist with a fantastical artistic vision. ... He was the first American visual artist to be appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy.

Bonham came to prominence in the late 1960s in London, Ontario, where he quickly gained international notoriety for his highly original, finely crafted, figurative fiberglass sculpture based on evocative human/technology hybrids – motorcycles, cars, boats, airplanes, and helicopters fused with casts of the female body. http://beaverbrookartgallery.org/en/blog/one-of-a-kind-artist-and-us-marine-veteran-don-bonham-dead-at-74/

Nathan and Noah are his sons, perhaps this work was named for his son Noah in 1984.

Literature:

See “One-of-a-kind Artist and U.S. Marine Veteran Don Bonham, Dead at 74”, Fredericton, NB, December 16, 2014

Provenance:

Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto;
Corporate Collection, Canada

Additional Info:

Department: International Art