American & Modern Painting Online Auction

February 25, 2016

LOT 91
SCOTTIE WILSON (1889-1972)
  • SCOTTIE WILSON (1889-1972)
  • SCOTTIE WILSON (1889-1972)

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SCOTTIE WILSON (1889-1972), Scottish

UNTITLED (BIOMORPHIC COMPOSITION IN GREEN)

Watercolour and black ink on paper, laid down to a support; signed lower right. Unframed
Sheet/Overall 13" x 9.75" — 33 x 24.8 cm.; 13.5" x 10.75" — 34.3 x 27.3 cm.

Estimate $800-$1,000

Realised: $1,920

About artist/note:

Wilson’s art is dominated by reappearing motifs - birds, fish and clown-like faces (himself). The more sinister creatures were dubbed ‘Evils’ or ‘Greedies’ (p. 27).

“At some point, probably after his return to England, Wilson changed his signature, dropping the large ‘S’ [as seen in this work] with ‘COTTIE’ in its centre in favour of ‘SCOTTIE’ in neat and equal letters. (p.70)

Literature:

George Melly, It’s All Writ Out for You: The Life and Work of Scottie Wilson, 1986

Provenance:

Collection of Norman J. Endicott, Toronto;
By descent to his grandson, Toronto

Additional Info:

Department: International Art
Medium: Works on Paper
Nationality: Scottish
Signed