Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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February 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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LOT 21

Lot 21

Martin Golland

Martin Golland
Lot 21 Details
Martin Golland


Oil on canvas; unframed
48 x 42 in — 121.9 x 106.7 cm

Estimate $7,800-$8,500

Realised: $3,650

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Courtesy of the artist; Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

The Work & Artist Bio

Cement Garden, 2023, is both built and grown. The architectural elements we recognize in Golland’s work are there but in this large oil on canvas painting there is an effulgence, a florescence of colour which reads as organic — orchids, lilies, chrysanthemums. A riot of colour, as the phrase goes, and evident under and through all the colour — light.

Martin Golland was born in Montpellier, France in 1975 and spent his early years in Greece, Miami, Puerto Rico and Istanbul before moving to Ottawa in 1991. He received his MFA from the University of Guelph, ON (2006) and his BFA from Concordia University (1998). He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including “Northern Lights: Lars Elling and Martin Golland” at Triumph Gallery, Beijing (2023), “I built this garden for us,” Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa (2023), “Adisokamagan: We All Become Stories” at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2018) “Imaging Disaster” at Museum London, ON (2013), “The Archivist’s Etagère” at Birch Contemporary in Toronto (2012), and “Dark Town” at Felix Ringel Galerie, Dusseldorf (2007). Reviews and publications include Border Crossings, Canadian Art, and ArtForum. Golland received an Honourable Mention at the 11th Annual RBC painting competition, which was exhibited in various museums and galleries across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada. He is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto.

Martin Golland, Border Crossings Issue 137, 2016

The Itinerary of a Traveller Through Darkness, Border Crossings Issue 131, 2014

Impossible Architectures: Martin Golland's "The Archivist's Etagere," Border Crossings Issue 124, 2012

Artist's Website

Birch Contemporary


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LOT 21

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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